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  • Summary: A movie about the consequences of both political and psychological repression, Cautiva ultimately personifies the resilience of the human spirit. (Laemmle/Zeller Films)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Part detective story, part coming of political age saga, and all teenage identity crisis, Captive is the first film written and directed by Gaston Biraben , who has worked steadily as a Hollywood sound editor since the early '90s. That professionalism shows in the polished filmmaking as well as an occasional tendency toward shallower melodrama than the situation deserves.
  2. 70
    Intelligent, moving film.
  3. 63
    The initial suspense of Cautiva gives way to sentimental clich├ęs, but Lombardo's performance (including a daring nude scene) keeps us watching.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Harper
    This intriguing debut by Argentinean writer-director Gaston Biraben sets up a lot of tough choices before finally taking the easy way out.
  5. 50
    The middle section of the film has some of the superficiality of a made-for-Lifetime drama of female distress and resilience, a bit too eager to make its points and solve its dramatic problems at the cost of the messiness that would bring the story fully to life.
  6. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    If Biraben had devoted more energy to the human contours of his story, its metaphorical implications would have sorted themselves out. Instead, he herds his characters toward a foregone conclusion, reducing both their scope and his story's power.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 3