La Belle Captive (1983)





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This French film has a plot that sounds like an expansion of an urban legend. Walter (Daniel Mesguich) and Sara (Cyrielle Claire) are a married couple who have just moved into a new home together. Everything seems to be going well, despite Walter's fascination with a mysterious woman named Marie-Ange (Gabrielle Lazure) in a nightclub. Then one night, running an errand for Sara, Walter finds Marie-Ange tied up in the middle of the road. He takes her to the nearest villa, hoping to contact a doctor, but he only ends up locked in a bedroom with her. In the midst of their inevitable passion, visions of Magritte paintings dance in Walter's head, for some reason. In the morning, Marie-Ange is gone and Walter's neck is bleeding. ~ John Voorhees, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Daniel Emilfork
as Inspector Francis
Gabrielle Lazure
as Marie-Ange
François Chaumette
as Dr. Morgentodt
Gilles Arbona
as Barman
Roland Dubillard
as Van de Reeves
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Critic Reviews for La Belle Captive

All Critics (3)

A ripe, hallucinogenic field theory by Alain Robbe-Grillet

Full Review… | November 15, 2009

Trying to make sense out of this film is like waiting for a dwarf to grow.

Full Review… | April 5, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Surrealist curiosity directed by Robbe-Grillet. Has the effect overall of a Ridley Scott Chanel commercial. Will certainly hold one's attention even if the plot is incomprehensible.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007

Audience Reviews for La Belle Captive

(***): [img][/img] A very strange French mystery film.


One way to describe this movie as "bizarre" (which is kind of funny as being French-language film, you actually hear the characters use the word on a few occasions). The story (if you can call it that) develops in a dream-like fashion, kind of like a David Lynch movie. Nothing really makes sense, but is it really supposed to, if it's a dream? The director masterfully misleads the view into thinking he's following a story as all of a sudden everything is thrown up in the air and nothing makes sense anymore. But somehow it's a mesmerizing experience - truly an art movie.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

Utter bullshit, worth two stars for (a) visual gimmickry that explores various set designs as physical evocations of Magritte paintings and (b) Gabrielle Lazure (especially clad ubiquitously in a diaphanous gown). I may have added half a star if poor Gabrielle had been given decent dialogue other than: 'Oh Walter' (and repeat). This is the last film by Alain Robbe-Grillet I'll bother watching. His success in writing the screenplay for 'Last Year at Marienbad' I am now willing to increasingly discount as being less Robbe-Grillet and more Resnais. He is absolutely worthless as a director, and seems to only find delight in stripping nubile actresses bare to their skin, without adding anything at all in terms of the examination of their character.

Arin D
Arin D

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