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La captive (2000)

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.


Chantal Akerman


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


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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Drama | Music | Romance


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France | Belgium



Release Date:

27 September 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La cautiva See more »

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Technical Specs


| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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 »


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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D821 pour violoncelle et piano
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Sonia Wieder-Atherton, Violoncelle, Imogen Cooper, piano
(p) 1998 RCA Red Seal c/o BMG France
Avec l'aimable autorisation de BMG France
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Worst Movie Ever!
10 May 2006 | by jasonsturgeonSee all my reviews

I have seen a lot of movies in my life and I have never walked out of the movie theater and rarely ever stopped watching a movie. If I paid to see this, I would have walked out. We had to fast forward at 2x at that was the speed the movie could have been done at. Many long scenes with no talking at all and just driving. The characters were empty with no essence, no emotion, no depth to them what so ever. The man was pathetic and his submissive girlfriend had a blank expression on her face through the whole thing. This movie could have been saved if the hint of romantic relationship with the girlfriend and her female friend would have been woven into the story. Bottom line is that what this movie lacked is what lacks in a lot of relationships where people ask later "what went wrong?": lack of communication, thats what. Moodiness, and sad puppy dog looks don't do it, we need to know what is going on through the characters' heads, what makes them tick not just what makes them obsessed. One moment of anguish sobs at his grandmas arms is not enough to wake us up from the silent, expressionless coma this movie put us in. This movie should have never been made. No one should ever see this. It would truly be a waste of your time.

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