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Cautiva (2003)

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Cristina's life is thrown into turmoil when she is suddenly escorted from her strict Catholic school in Buenos Aires and told that she is really Sofía Lombardi, the daughter of activists ... See full summary »


Gaston Biraben


Gaston Biraben
5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bárbara Lombardo ... Cristina Quadri / Sofía Lombardi
Susana Campos ... Elisa Dominich
Hugo Arana ... Juez Barrenechea
Osvaldo Santoro Osvaldo Santoro ... Pablo Quadri
Noemí Frenkel Noemí Frenkel ... Licenciada Bernstein
Lidia Catalano ... Martha
Mercedes Funes Mercedes Funes ... Angélica
Silvia Baylé Silvia Baylé ... Adela de Quadri
Luis Gianneo Luis Gianneo ... Doctor Gómez
Margara Alonso Margara Alonso ... Hermana Teresa
Roxana Berco Roxana Berco ... Ana
Marcela Ferradás Marcela Ferradás ... Profesora Lucrecia
Antonio Ugo Antonio Ugo ... Jorge Macías, Tuco
Floria Bloise Floria Bloise ... Madre Superiora
César Bordón César Bordón ... Raúl


Cristina's life is thrown into turmoil when she is suddenly escorted from her strict Catholic school in Buenos Aires and told that she is really Sofía Lombardi, the daughter of activists who disappeared in the '70s. Questioning everything she once thought true, Cristina embarks on a journey to find her true identity. Meeting others like herself, the young girl soon discovers the real-life horrors of Argentina's relatively recent past and the nightmare that claimed tens of thousands of lives during the country's "dirty war." Written by Koch Lorber Films

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A whole life ahead. A whole past to face. See more »




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Release Date:

20 October 2005 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Cautiva See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cacerolazo Producciones See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


A statement at the end of the film reads "Those responsible, except for a few cases of house arrest, are free." This changed on July 5, 2012, when the first sentences for baby theft from political prisoners during the 1976-1983 "dirty war" were handed down. The longest went to former leader Jorge Videla, who was found criminally responsible for overseeing the systematic theft of babies, and given the maximum sentence of 50 years in prison. See more »

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A teenager finds she was a cog in the cruel machinery of a dictatorial regime.
9 May 2004 | by caraigSee all my reviews

Imagine going to school one day to be told that you can never return to the only parents you've ever known. 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 a 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 the 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? In CAUTIVA we are treated to a spellbinding story and a stunning portrayal by a young newcomer to the screen.

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