Cautiva (2006)



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The film tells the story of Cristina, a typical Argentine teenager. Her life is suddenly uprooted when she is plucked out of class at the summons of a judge and the couple she knows as her parents are revealed to not be so. In the early '80s, her biological parents were "disappeared" for criticizing the military junta which had taken power in a coup. Surviving relatives of her biological parents, including Cristina's grandmother, have spent years trying to track down the child. Ordered to now live with her biological family since her adoption--or appropriation, as it is chillingly called--had no legal basis, Cristina begins an investigation of her own in order to find out the truth.
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Bárbara Lombardo
as Cristina Quadri
Susana Campos
as Elisa Dominich
Hugo Arana
as Juez Barrenechea
Osvaldo Santoro
as Pablo Quadri
Noemí Frenkel
as Licenciada Bernstein
Mercedes Funes
as Angelica
Silvia Bayle
as Adela de Quadri
Luis Gianneo
as Doctor Gómez
Margara Alonso
as Hermana Teresa
Marcela Ferradás
as Prof. Lucrecia
Antonio Ugo
as Jorge Macías, Tuco
Floria Bloise
as Madre Superiora
Hana Purita
as Graciela de Macías
Gisèle Benoldi
as Susana Macías
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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

Part detective story, part coming of political age saga, and all teenage identity crisis.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

If Biraben had devoted more energy to the human contours of his story, its metaphorical implications would have sorted themselves out.

Full Review… | November 24, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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Neither Biraben's script nor his direction leave room for doubt as to how he feels about the nightmarish past, but he's smart enough to know that even justified outrage sometimes has to be tempered with the complexities of human intentions and realities.

November 23, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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The Argentine thriller Cautiva features a solid performance by 23-year-old Barbara Lombardo that goes a long way in making up for the telenovela script.

November 10, 2006
New York Post
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The debut feature of Gastón Biraben, Cautiva is most potent in its first hour, as it bears witness to the disorientation and distrust experienced by a young girl whose life is suddenly turned upside down.

November 9, 2006
Top Critic

This intriguing debut by Argentinean writer-director Gaston Biraben sets up a lot of tough choices before finally taking the easy way out.

Full Review… | November 7, 2006
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Cautiva

great movie about argentina's "disappeared" and the fallout from the last dictatorship there in the late seventies.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

This was a stunner of a movie! Interesting in a historical and political sense. I thought the ending music and shot of the stars was a lovely note to end on. A very touching film. The young actress, Barbara Lombardo, who plays the teen, does an excellent job. The director deserves credit for a clearly presented story. Seemingly very realistic portrayal of a tragic part of Argentina's past. Worth seeing.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

I speak Spanish pretty well I have been to Mexico 25 times over the last 30 years so I keep my Spanish up I watch a lot of movies from Spain Mexico and Argentina. Not that many really 3 and 4 star movies have come from Argentina the Latin speaking country with history of economic failure and dictatorships. I had seen the Jack Lemmon Costa Gravis Movie "Missing" I forget what the date was in the late 80s and early 90s word started being circulated about the "Disappeared" persons of Argentina. Cautiva is a must see "not to be missed" movie about this type of thing and Argentinian past. Christina at young girl who just had her quincinera is taken from her family by the Argentinian justice and give to her real grandmother. Both here parents were kidnapped and murdered. The Argentenian state was organized during the military regime by The National Reorganization Process (in Spanish, Proceso de Reorganización Nacional, often simply El Proceso) which the name used by its leaders for the military government that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983 as a criminal enterprise. These dictators were supported by the US Foreign Policy and the CIA. Cautiva is a shocking and powerful movie about one young woman's search for the truth. 30000 to 50000 people were "Disappeared" All interested in truth liberty justice and ending humans rights violations should watch this emotional movie. five stars

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