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La Captive

Aurore Clement , Berenice Bejo , Chantal Akerman    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Aurore Clement, Berenice Bejo, Sylvie Testud, Olivia Bonamy, Stanislas Merhar
  • Directors: Chantal Akerman
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 30 Holding
  • Run Time: 113.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,983 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


ariane e simon vivono insieme in un grande appartamento parigino. lei e' una donna che ama la liberta' e per la quale amare significa dare, lui un uomo che vuole possedere e controllare, ossessionato dal bisogno di sapere e condividere tutto di lei.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER
La Captive is simply the most exasperating volume of Proust's vast novel so the decision to make a movie of it beggars belief and not even the acting talent of someone like Sylvie Testud can rescue the spectator from ennui. All the ingredients of bad Parisian filming are here - lonnnnnnnnnnnnnng takes, crushing silences, gloomy interiors, unsexy nudity, pointless mind games, etc. Moving the time period forward doesn't help because it makes Ariane's (Albertine in the book) condition as captive, kept woman, less believable. The book is better at expressing the eroticism. To stay with this film, like moving in with Marcel in the novel, is masochism, self-punishment. Better to switch it off, get out into the fresh air. Have an ice cream....
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Monotony of Marcel 14 Mar 2011
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Everyone seems to love Proust, except moi. I have tried. I have tried to read 'In search of lost time, Swann's way' etc but it leaves me stone cold. The endless boring sentences:'the room was large, the sofa red and gold, the rug made of bear fur, the chandelier was gold, the window was large and filled the room with brilliant sunlight, the fire was unlit, the gramophone was silent, the garden could be seen from the window, the grass was green, the sky was blue, the birds sang, a dog infinitum'...
And so it is with the Proust inspired 'The Captive'. It is dull.
Essentially a bored rich young man has nothing better to do except smother his girlfriend controlling her like a robot. It is typically French: 'I love your veg, Ina, sometimes it smells strong but that just makes me love it more. Sometimes when you are asleep I part your legs and just look at its loveliness, do you mind?', 'Non! I do not mind!'
The young man is like Proust. He stays indoors and is allergic to everything. Except he is not. He looks like an athlete, an Olympic swimmer. Proust was a very frail man. Our young man fears his girlfriend prefers women. He ends the relationship as a kind of test of her love. Eventually she can't take any more and we get the tragic but tediously obvious ending. The 'hero' is a deeply irritating individual and a classic example of 'the devil finding work for idle hands'. He is idle and his life utterly futile. It is quite pretty and every shot is like a painting. It is French and it is thoughtful but like Marcel is is deeply dull....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Longest 112 Minutes Of My Life. 21 Feb 2011
I can't say that I've read Proust so whether this is a true reflection of his writing, I don't know, but if his books are long, ponderous, dawdling with nothing as such actually happening then maybe it does reflect his writing.
I realise that this isn't 'Tropic Thunder' or anything as action packed but nothing happens in this film, it starts and 112 long minutes later, it finishes.
The only scene that I can remember after watching it less than 24 hours ago is when the male lead dry humps his sleeping 'girlfriend', makes a mess in his pyjamas and she wakes up afterwards moaning somebody else's name.
Pretentious drivel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A film in Italian sent to Sweden! 10 May 2014
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The film is in I, and only in Italian with no subtitles. It is not in French, with English subtitles, that I had wished. I do not speak Italian and I don't understand Italian. This means that I have none whatsoever enjoyment of the film!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious? Moi? 13 April 2009
Loosely based on a work by Proust, this is a film which rapidly dissolves into obscurity and enigmatic pretensions. A rich, effete, dilettante young man is obsessed by his skinny (almost anorexic) girlfriend. He doesn't work, he doesn't have to. Occasionally, he does some translation of literary texts ... when he can be bothered. The sole purpose for his pampered, purposeless, passionless life seems to be his obsession. He's loathe to let her out of his sight unless accompanied by another, equally slim, young woman and without, apparently, the further chaperone of a camera.

He keeps his captive in his house, she is invited to visit his bed from time to time, but his sexual contact is adolescent, premature, and entirely self-centred. He is obsessed. But what does she appear to gain from the relationship? She lives a life of idleness and ennui. Deciding which dress to wear is the most exciting and most challenging thing she will do in the day. She certainly does not appear to be captive. Somehow, she has captivated him, and he is the one trapped by the nature of his obsession.

Quite frankly, it's a film in which I could not identify with any of the characters, could not sympathise with any of them, and in no way wished to sympathise with any of them. Obsession is a fascinating subject for literary or cinematic enquiry. Obsession, here, takes place in such an extraordinary and unreal a setting as to make it trivial and unbelievable. Obsession becomes transparently the vehicle for a story which otherwise has no substance, and the absurdity of the setting robs the vehicle of any drive or direction.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificently subtle film 1 Dec 2010
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
This loose adaptation of Proust makes for 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. Ah, but those details are fascinating and 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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