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The Captive (2000)

La captive (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 27 September 2000 (France)
An adaptation of Proust's "La Prisoniere" (book five of "Remembrance of Things Past"). Set in Paris, France, it is a serious tale of a tragic and dysfunctional love.

Director:

Chantal Akerman

Writers:

Chantal Akerman (scenario), Eric De Kuyper (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanislas Merhar ... Simon
Sylvie Testud ... Ariane
Olivia Bonamy ... Andrée
Liliane Rovère ... Françoise, the maid
Françoise Bertin Françoise Bertin ... The grandmother
Aurore Clément ... Léa, the actress
Vanessa Larré Vanessa Larré ... Hélène
Samuel Tasinaje Samuel Tasinaje ... Levy
Jean Borodine Jean Borodine ... The chauffeur
Anna Mouglalis ... Isabelle
Bérénice Bejo ... Sarah
Adeline Chaudron Adeline Chaudron ... Prostitute
Sophie Assante Sophie Assante ... The singing woman
Christopher Gendreau Christopher Gendreau ... Bellboy
Sébastien Haddouk Sébastien Haddouk ... Painter
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An adaptation of Proust's "La Prisoniere" (book five of "Remembrance of Things Past"). Set in Paris, France, it is a serious tale of a tragic and dysfunctional love.

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Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 September 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La cautiva See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2000 (#02). See more »

Quotes

Simon: You, me, what matter? It's as you want.
Ariane: As I want, but it's you who want. And because you want, I must want it, too.
Simon: Then I have decided. It'll be no less painful for me. But not for long, I suppose. As you know, I am without memory.
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Soundtracks

L'ILE DES MORTS, Op 29
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy
© 1909 by HAWKINS & SON (London) LTD
(p) 1984 DECCA RECORDS COMPANY LTD
Avec l'aimable autorisation de UNIVERSAL MUSIC PROJETS SPECIAUX
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A magnificently subtle film
5 June 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

A quiet, intense, low key look at the dysfunctional relationship between a very rich young man and the young woman he 'keeps' at his house. Is she trapped or is he? Who's really the captive?

Not much happens in terms of events, the film is mostly in the details, but those details are great. The two leads give amazingly subtle performances, and the photography and lighting – while never showy – are magnificent. One of the most interesting and effective 'cold' looks I've seen in a film. Beautiful compositions.

A film for those interested in complexity of character, a director using image and mood to tell a story, and patience to allow the slow accumulation of details to add up over time to something very special.


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