La Captive (The Captive)
La Captive (The Captive) (2003)

Inspired by Proust's short story La Prisonniere, renowned filmmaker Chantel Akerman creates this challenging meditation on love, desire, and obsession. The film opens with grainy Super-8 footage showing Ariane (Sylvie Testud) and her… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

La Captive is so good that it makes amends for A Couch in New York, Akerman's simply dreadful 1996 English-language love story.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... meditative exploration of a dark, obsessive and possessive love.

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David Wood
BBC.com

A gently captivating, deceptively austere work.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

For the high-minded, literary, and formally invested viewers who are receptive to how she works and what she worries about, the film offers a starkly insinuating exercise in the contemplation of love.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This film represents a perfect match of filmmaker and material.

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Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine

The investigation into passion is intriguing, but sadly, the solemnity suppresses the fascination.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Not-so-surprisingly drawn from a Proust work, the film is interesting, but is far from captivating.

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Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

It's like an even more inert version of Antonioni's L'Avventura without the overriding mystery that made that film so compelling and enduring.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"La Captive" is an atmospheric and creepy movie, aided by Chantal Akerman's fluid direction, about well, a creep. Simon(Stanislas Merhar) is a… More
MJS MJS
One of those sexually explicit art house films the French love to make. This is quite possibly one of the most boring, pretentious, uninspired films I have ever… More