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
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Koch Vision

Cast

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
CinePassion

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
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Audience Reviews for La Belle Captive

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A very strange French mystery film.

TTT C
TTT C
½

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
½

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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