La Captive (The Captive)
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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 female friends rollicking on a beach. Now Ariane lives in third empire splendor in the tony Parisian apartment that her rich significant other Simon (Stanislas Merhar), shares with his grandmother (Francoise Bertin). Simon proves to be a fanatically jealous lover; he subjects her to surveillance and endless questions about her whereabouts. Though Ariane… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"La Captive is so good that it makes amends for A Couch in New York, Akerman's simply dreadful 1996 English-language love story."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"... meditative exploration of a dark, obsessive and possessive love."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A gently captivating, deceptively austere work."
‑ David Wood,
"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."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"This film represents a perfect match of filmmaker and material."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The investigation into passion is intriguing, but sadly, the solemnity suppresses the fascination."
‑ Bob McCabe, Empire Magazine
"Not-so-surprisingly drawn from a Proust work, the film is interesting, but is far from captivating."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"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."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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