Cautiva (2006)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 8, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Part detective story, part coming of political age saga, and all teenage identity crisis.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

Louis Proyect

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

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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

If Biraben had devoted more energy to the human contours of his story, its metaphorical implications would have sorted themselves out.

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Jan Stuart

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.

Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

At every step, Cautiva is a noble, thoughtful effort. Too bad it's so often a dull one.

Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

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.

Jordan Harper
Village Voice

This intriguing debut by Argentinean writer-director Gaston Biraben sets up a lot of tough choices before finally taking the easy way out.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Another mediocre Argentinean film to ride into town on a wave of inexplicable critical approval.

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Cautiva," it is 1994 and Cristina(Barbara Lombardo) has just turned 15. She is a nautrally curious teenager in Argentina,… More