La Captive
La 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: March 28, 2003
DVD 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

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

This film represents a perfect match of filmmaker and material.

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

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
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