The Captive (2000)
"La captive" (original title)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liliane Rovère ...
Françoise, the maid
Françoise Bertin ...
The grandmother
Léa, the actress
Vanessa Larré ...
Samuel Tasinaje ...
Jean Borodine ...
The chauffeur
Adeline Chaudron ...
Sophie Assante ...
The singing woman
Christopher Gendreau ...
Sébastien Haddouk ...


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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Release Date:

27 September 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La cautiva  »

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Simon: I prefer the truth even if it hurts. Yet all you give me are half-truths when you know I'll find out anyway.
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Lyrics by Pierre Destailles
Music by Claude Rolland
Editions S.E.M.I
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La Captive is....captivating
29 August 2002 | by (L A.) – See all my reviews

Having recently discovered French actress Sylvie Testud when I saw The Chateau, I was interested in this film because she's in it. I haven't read the story that the film is supposedly based on so I had nothing to compare it to when I saw it and therefore I went in without any preconceived notions. And with a film like this, a film that doesn't operate on any conventional filmmaking level, that is a very good thing.

This movie doesn't try to tell you what to think or feel about its characters; there is none of the contrivances so common in American movies, none of the manipulation. It just simply presents them and follows them and allows them to do what they do without the camera cutting away too soon for fear that the audience will get bored when there's not a lot "going on" in a scene - in fact some of the best scenes in the film have hardly any movement at all. And this is not done in a self-conscious, 'arty' let's-create-mood sort of way, which makes watching it - or rather experiencing it - even more hypnotic.

This is a film that must be experienced more than once, I would say: you're not really sure what's transpired OR how you feel about what you've witnessed upon a first viewing because it doesn't hit all the 'buttons' that a commercial film is compelled to hit. And Testud is brilliant, managing to imply complexity without demonstrating it (if that makes sense) - she's beyond subtle, beyond sublime.

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