Captive (Cautiva)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"Part detective story, part coming of political age saga, and all teenage identity crisis."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An almost Kafkaesque story of the daughter of two "disappeared" parents in Argentina discovering her true identity. Similar to "The Official Story" but with a key difference. The daughter is a teenager rather than a 5 year old and hence more vulnerable to"
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Sporadically artful yet stupefyingly dull -- there are some segments that are so beautiful and monotonous that they very nearly hypnotise us...into a coma."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"If Biraben had devoted more energy to the human contours of his story, its metaphorical implications would have sorted themselves out."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"At every step, Cautiva is a noble, thoughtful effort. Too bad it's so often a dull one."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"A finely wrought coming-of-age drama that crackles with political tension..."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"This intriguing debut by Argentinean writer-director Gaston Biraben sets up a lot of tough choices before finally taking the easy way out."
‑ Jordan Harper, Village Voice
"Another mediocre Argentinean film to ride into town on a wave of inexplicable critical approval."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Cautiva makes us question the things we take for granted."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
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