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Bárbara Lombardo , Susana Campos , Gaston Biraben  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bárbara Lombardo, Susana Campos, Hugo Arana, Osvaldo Santoro, Noemí Frenkel
  • Directors: Gaston Biraben
  • Writers: Gaston Biraben
  • Producers: Gaston Biraben, Marcelo Altmark, Raúl Alberto Tosso, Tammis Chandler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QGE84M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,090 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cautiva" on IMDb

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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 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."

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding film! October 28, 2007
By M P A
I'm giving five stars to this film not only to compensate the two stars given by another reviewer, but because the film deserves five stars. To appreciate this film you need to have an idea of the political unrest that Latin America - Argentina in this case - went through during the 60's and 70's, and the consequences of the political and psychological repression that still is affecting thousands of lives.
This film is quiet touching and tender, Cautiva is a straightforward, well told story with no-frills, a film that by no means appeals to the aficionados of Hollywood cinema.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Continuing Mystery of Argentina's 'Desaparecidos' December 4, 2007
CAUTIVA ('Captive') is a very effective film by young writer/director Gaston Biraben who has taken to task the impact of Argentina's 'Dirty War' of the late 1970s and succeeds in making a very personal story out of the horror of the 'desaparecidos' tragedy that stole from Argentina some of its brightest minds - and 'reassigned' the children of these 'disappeared ones' who were born in the prisons to political friends of the dictatorship. While the concept is gruesome as history and as content, Biraben manages to recreate that terrifying period of time in terms of the present. This retrospective study makes a huge impact.

Cristina Quadri (the deeply impressive Bárbara Lombardo) lives with her parents in Buenos Aires, attending a Catholic girls' school, seemingly a happy young teenager. One regular day she is called to the principal's office and told she must visit a judge, a frightening concept for a young girl who is forced to go without informing her parents. The judge informs her that she is not 'Cristina Quadri' but instead 'Sofía Lombardi', the daughter of a couple who 'disappeared' in 1978 as political prisoners. A recent blood test Cristina/Sofia thought was a follow-up for a post-op check was actually a test to match her blood with that of the newly discovered true parents' family. Cristina, stunned by her lack of true identity, confronts her 'adopted parents' and struggles with the officials who insist she be returned to her blood relatives. Cristina becomes close to another 'adopted' girl and the two explore their roots, finding that they were born in prisons and then given to police officials to be placed in homes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desaparecidos . . . September 27, 2008
Already told before in "The Official Story," this Argentine film revisits the fate of families with "adopted" children born to "disappeared" political dissidents in the 1970s. This time it is the child's version of that story, as a schoolgirl discovers and slowly comes to understand that the parents who have raised her in fact acquired her illegally, and that her actual parents were killed while being held in clandestine prisons by secret police. The telling of this story, for all the melodrama inherent in it, is very even-handed, measured, and focused on the difficulty of coming to terms with learning that one's entire young life has been based on a terrible lie. This film is nicely scripted and the performances are affecting and believable. Well worth watching, and heart-breaking as we learn of the two young lives snuffed out by the military authorities who ruled Argentina at the time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Rending May 12, 2008
A little disappointed" apparently was expecting and wanting a different kind of movie than the one she saw. It's not a documentary about the inhumanities of the "Dirty War." It's not a thriller about one of the perpetrators being brought to justice. It doesn't, as another reviewer pointed out, have any car chases or any other shoot-em-up action. It's the story of a teenage girl plunged into crisis, her lifelong certainties, including her loving "parents" and godfather, swept away. Told by a federal judge that she's actually Sofia Lombardi, not Christina Quadri, that her biological parents were abducted by federal police and never seen again, and sent to live with a stranger who insists she's her grandmother, she at first fiercely resists and wants only to be reunited with the only parents she's ever known, who genuinely love her. But she eventually, with the help of another girl whose father was disappeared, becomes obsessed with her mother's fate and her own origin. Thanks to her digging and the help of that friend she begins to find out bits and pieces of her parents' fate until, in a scene heartbreaking in its quiet intensity, she discovers the when and where of her own origin and is given a glimpse of the love and courage of her doomed mother. The sparse but pivotal answers she obtains change forever her view of past and present, and of the people, one in particular, who had heretofore had a formative influence in her life. The loose ends are not tied up. She gets just a glimpse of her mother during a critical two-day span. But that very indeterminateness, and the fact that she found out anything at all, is part of the power of this deeply moving film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie October 2, 2013
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I had rented this movie prior to purchase. As a Spanish educator, this movie will be very good to show, as it deals with a very difficult period in Argentina's history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie April 12, 2014
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The Oscar-winner The Official Story was an excellent movie, but Cautiva went even further. It was able to capture the essence of Argentina's drama regarding the children of the disappeared in ways that the former didn't. It's one of those films you never forget.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mini-Review of "Cautiva":
This is a well made film that is seamellessly constructed so that there is a totality of impressions--the plot, the story, the audio tract and the choice of lighting during the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Doug Sonek
3.0 out of 5 stars good but politically-correct
In every way this is a superb film. Well-acted with deserved caution against sentimentality or histrionics. Read more
Published 22 months ago by .fgd
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
In Argentina, a baby born to one of the women who "disappeared", is illegally adopted by people with government ties. It's a heart breaking, based in truth story.
Published on December 5, 2010 by Caribeazul
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding acting and tale
The young girl who plays the lead here does an amazing job of showing the jolt she goes through when she is torn away from her adoptive parents and told she was the child of people... Read more
Published on December 22, 2009 by Bradley F. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars aftermath
For once, we get in the same room with what happens to the offspring of the Argentinian' disappeared'-- where they are placed, by whom, and what happens to their choice re... Read more
Published on December 15, 2009 by Linda Wenrick
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
This movie has merit because it adds an interesting possibility to the story La historia oficial provides, but it is rather slow-moving, and the shower scene is silly.
Published on July 11, 2009 by latin literature lectora
5.0 out of 5 stars if showing to students, beware
This movie is excellent; however, if showing to school students - note that there is nudity in the section called "back to school." Educators may want to preview before showing.
Published on February 20, 2008 by LibMedSpec
5.0 out of 5 stars REQUIRED VIEWING !
Published on December 15, 2007 by Alfredo R. Villanueva
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