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Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! KissEnglishPasto 17 October Over the past decades, countless thousands have suffered this fate in many South and Central American countries. Cautiva offers us a genuinely fresh take on this somber subject.
We see the problem from the perspective of a teenage girl, Cristina Quadri, who one day, without the slightest warning, is yanked out of her class at school and taken to the office of a federal judge.
He then proceeds to unravel her world by informing her that her real name is Sofia Lombardi and that her parents were “disappeared” by the dictatorship in power cautiba the time of her birth in Furthermore, the people who she has called “Mom and Dad” her whole life, are, in reality, her abductors.
At first, she is completely incredulous. In a most demanding role, Barbara Lombardo delivers an extremely intense and nuanced performance that is nothing short of awesome. To watch her gradually, step by step, come to terms with the stark and utter tragedy of her reality, is something very few actors could have done so convincingly!
Cautiva leaves us contemplating just how profoundly life altering the truth can be.
The film, of course, is in Spanish, and as to the quality or speed of the subtitles, I’m sorry, but I don’t need them, so I can’t offer an opinion. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. CAUTIVA is an emotionally powerful story about a teenage girl in Argentina learning that she is one of the children of the “disappeared.
The story builds entirely from her point of view, and the greatest comvence of it is watching her mature and come to grips with her family and her past in front of our eyes.
Direction is first-rate, and the film is an experience from which no one walks away unaffected. A real-life situation and a first-rate leading lady make this a must-see film A dazzling directorial debut that is set in Argentina, but goes back to the early 80’s when thousands of political dissidents were “disappeared”.
A fifteen year-old girl is plucked out of class one day at the summons of a judge, who tells her that the couple she takes to be her parents had in fact adopted her. Her biological parents were young architects who had been “disappeared” for comuniicate the political regime of the time. The judge directs her to live with her biological grandmother and new family.
Feeling she can no longer trust anybody, she begins, for her peace of mind, an investigation of her own. Played with an extraordinary gravity by the luminous Barbara Lombardo, the young girl meets others like herself and arrives at shocking truths, which it would be wrong to reveal here. Given the documentary aspects of the film it addresses an ongoing unresolved situation, where thousands of young adults, born during this tumultuous period of Argentine history, continue to search for their birth parentsit goes beyond being just a political thriller.
Despite being, at times, unevenly paced this is, after all, a directorial first-attemptit is a splendid examination of relationships and the doggedness and resilience of the human spirit.
A political film in the higher sense of the term, it made me put into question many beliefs I had on my country. Ccautiva this one of the highest functions of Art!? What I liked most is that, although it obviously “has an agenda”, I don’t think they fall for “defending a political thesis at all comuunicate.
Such a common mistake of Argentine cinema on the “desaparecidos” It’s not without defects, thou. A bit “black and white”, stereotyped characters.
And the “rednecks” are unlawful liers, violent, hypocritical and even They could also take bribes to “have all vices” I mean, yes, characters could be more nuanced, but, given the low average of reality in most other films of the genre, I think this one deserves accolades. Some humour in any way would have helped, I guess. Just a personal opinion. Is there any worse thing than what happens here? I can’t think of more than one murder, in all its forms. I think even rape is “less bad”! Before turning this into a “moral philosophy”, let me point at the scenes I liked most: Now as before, quenching everything that matters.
The “paralelism” is challenger indeed! I can’t say more! An one moment, Pablo starts treating Sofia as a stranger, almost an enemy. Suddenly, her “dear daughter Cristina” is dead, even before he hits her.
It made me realize true horror is not what Hollywood sells us, it’s opening a door into the unknown in her grandma’s or aunt’s house and finding a glimpse of a life frozen in time her dead mother’s.
The film luckily avoids many pitfalls. Has only one very unbelievable moment, when a nun’s teen escapes from Tribunales, from the same savvy cops who reduce the also hard boiled Pablo Quadri. Retiro, the trains, both schools It’s a very Argentine film! The contrast between the nun’s school, which is not luxurious but looks like when compared to the truly depressing state school!
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I was surprised about the performances! When I saw “Hugo Arana” I feared the cautivz I had to gulp my prejudices, they both acted surprisingly subduedly, without overemphasis. I had my “lesson”, they taught it to me. I would have liked to know what was comuniate played during the film, I loved the usage of classical music throughout the film not in just a couple of broken scenes.
My kudos to the director, of whom I knew nothing, and who thanks IMDb!
Well, I hope he continues to surprise us! While the concept is gruesome as history and as content, Biraben manages to recreate that terrifying period of time in terms of the present. This retrospective study makes a huge impact. One regular day she is called to the principal’s office and told she must visit a judge, a frightening concept for a young girl who is forced to go without informing her parents. Cristina, stunned by her lack of true identity, confronts her ‘adopted parents’ and struggles with the officials who insist she be returned to her blood relatives.
Cristina becomes close to another ‘adopted’ girl and the two explore their roots, finding that they were born in prisons and then given cauttiva police officials to be placed in homes. The transition from adopted to blood family is the path the film explores: The cast is uniformly strong, the concept of comunicage film works well as Biraben snaps us back and forth between the World Cup Soccer Game in Buenos Aires in that contrasts so gravely with the concurrent underground disappearance of the intellects of the country, and the performance by Lombardo holds the credibility of the story well.
This film has been awarded many prizes since its appearance in If anyone has seen La Historia Oficial, the description makes this film sound like it could basically be a sequel with regard to the issues it deals with. In that film, set during the period cautiiva following Argentina’s dirty war, a mother must deal with the prospect that her 5-year-old adopted daughter’s biological mother might have been a prisoner who did not consent to giving away her baby.
In Cautiva, the daughter is 15 and must deal with the consequences of being such a child. Fascinating idea to show of the human repercussions of corruption and military government. Please email me at uncute aol. Imagine going to school one day to be told that you can never return to the only parents you’ve ever known.
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A judge informs a young Argentinian that her real mother was one of the “disappeared” 14 years previously, and she must immediately go to live with her real grandmother. The teenager finds herself living in comuncate nightmare, even though her “new” family is understanding and compassionate towards her. She must learn to negotiate not only a new identity but must relearn her personal history and comunicatr recent history of her country.
The story unfolds in layers of bad dreams and harsh reality. Did her adoptive parents save her or did they kidnap her? Cautiva Set in a period about ten years before its release, but dealing with issues of the Argentine dictatorship and disappearances from the late s, this is a remarkably realistic and important look at one girl’s astonishing involvement with the worst of it.
And if it sometimes is terribly linear in its storytelling, following this girl’s realizations one after another and her emotional burden as cnovence grows and growsthe movie is still so convincing and sad and filled with national Argentine guilt it is totally convebce.
Anyone interested in the horrors of Latin American dictatorships left and right wing and in the victims and survivors, this is a must-see. Anyone else just interested in the plight of a single sixteen year old girl in a whirlwind of suspicions and lies and a few seemingly tender sympathizers, and see her cope and rise above and maybe, in fact, find a small amount of truth for herself, this is also really rewarding. You might find parallels in similar South American films such as “Machuca” but there is also a weird resemblance to many touching holocaust films that center on the plight of children whose identities get changed and whose histories are disrupted.
Not to mention the tragedy of parents killed by cruel governments. The filming here is really good but never something you’d notice except one brief dream scene. What you will notice is the gravity and depth of the lead girl’s performance.
Barbara Lombardo was only 14 for filming unlike a lot of movies where older girls play younger parts and she alone makes the movie poignant and serious. Oddly, this is officially a movie with convvence original Spanish title, and yet it gets listed here as “Captive” with a date.
There is a lot left unsaid here, but in a way that’s sufficient. It makes you want more. CitizenCaine 9 August Thirty years ago, Argentinian dissidents were basically kidnapped, taken to concentration camps or clandestine prisons, and systematically eliminated.
Oddly enough though, the children of the dissidents were taken and adopted by others, the adoptive parents sworn to secrecy. Years later, technology caught up with those affected in the form of blood tests, and the truth began to rear its head. This is a film about personal identity, what defines parenthood, and the decisions adults make which affect young lives. At first she only yearns to return to her “parents” until she discovers that even they were complicit in the circumstances surrounding her infancy.
Together they discover the uncomfortable truth behind all the confusion. First time director Gaston Biraben takes time telling his story, ocmunicate may seem incomprehensible to outsiders unfamiliar with the background behind the events.