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The Captive (2000)
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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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Simon
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Ariane
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Andrée
Liliane Rovère ...
Françoise, the maid
Françoise Bertin ...
The grandmother
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Léa, the actress
Vanessa Larré ...
Hélène
Samuel Tasinaje ...
Levy
Jean Borodine ...
The chauffeur
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Isabelle
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Sarah
Adeline Chaudron ...
Prostitute
Sophie Assante ...
The singing woman
Christopher Gendreau ...
Bellboy
Sébastien Haddouk ...
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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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Loosely based on "La Prisonnière", the fifth volume of Marcel Proust's "A la Recherche du Temps Perdu". See more »

Quotes

Simon: When it gets finer, we could go to Venice or Vienna.
Ariane: If you like.
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Soundtracks

TOUT ÇA PAR CE QU'AU BOIS DE CHAVILLE
Lyrics by Pierre Destailles
Music by Claude Rolland
Editions S.E.M.I
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A magnificently subtle film
5 June 2010 | by (US) – See 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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