5.8/10
1,293
17 user 25 critic

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 »
Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Anna, a detached and diffident director, arrives in Germany to show her latest film; she checks into a hotel, invites a stranger to her bed, and abruptly tells him to leave. He asks her to ... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Aurore Clément, Helmut Griem, Magali Noël
Je Tu Il Elle (1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

'Je' is a girl voluntarily lock up in a room. 'Tu' is the script. 'Il' is a lorry driver. 'Elle' is the girlfriend.

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Chantal Akerman, Niels Arestrup, Claire Wauthion
No Home Movie (2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Chantal Akerman films her mother, an old woman of Polish origin who is short lifetime, in her apartment in Brussels. For two hours, we will see them eating, chatting and sharing memories, ... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Chantal Akerman, Natalia Akerman, Sylvaine Akerman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A tale of an occidental merchant, Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice.

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Stanislas Merhar, Marc Barbé, Aurora Marion
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Charlotte is single. She tries to write erotic books to survive without her mind being in the least absorbed by eroticism or desire.

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Sylvie Testud, Aurore Clément, Jean-Pierre Marielle
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acception and rejection in the realm of romance.

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Aurore Clément, Tchéky Karyo, Angelo Abazoglou
Night and Day (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jack and Julie live in a bare flat in Paris. At night, Jack drives a taxi while Julie wanders around the city, and in the day they make love. One day Julie meets Joseph, the daytime driver ... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Guilaine Londez, Thomas Langmann, François Négret
Sud (1999)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A documentary examining the effect of a man dragged to death on the residents in Jasper, Texas.

Director: Chantal Akerman
From the East (1993)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A look at life in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Natalia Chakhovskaia
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Impersonal but beautiful images of Akerman's life in New York are combined with letters from her loving but manipulative mother, read by Akerman herself.

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Chantal Akerman
La chambre (1972)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In a 360° circular panoramic shot the camera slowly pans an entire apartment (or house). When it first passes the bedroom there is nobody there but each time it shows the room again Chantal... See full summary »

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Chantal Akerman
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young girl shuts herself away in her apartment and goes about her business in a strange way, as she wastes the night in her apartment.

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Chantal Akerman
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 September 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La cautiva See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

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.
See more »

Soundtracks

SONATE ARPEGGIONE EN LA MINEUR: Allegro Moderato
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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
La Captive is....captivating
29 August 2002 | by Rogue-32See 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.


27 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed