Captive (2003 film)

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Captive FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gastón Biraben
Produced by Marcelo Altmark
Gastón Biraben
Tammis Chandler
Raúl Alberto Tosso
Screenplay by Gastón Biraben
Starring Bárbara Lombardo
Susana Campos
Hugo Arana
Osvaldo Santoro
Noemí Frenkel
Lidia Catalano
Music by José Luis Castiñeira de Dios
Cinematography Abel Peñalba
Carlos Torlaschi
Edited by Tammis Chandler
Cacerolazo Producciones
Distributed by Primer Plano Film Group
Release dates
  • September 2003 (2003-09) (San Sebastián)
  • October 20, 2005 (2005-10-20) (Argentina)
Running time 115 minutes
Country Argentina
Language Spanish

Captive (Spanish: Cautiva) is a 2003 film that concerns itself with what happened to the children of the people killed after the 1970s military coup. The film states it was made with the support of Argentine National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts. Captive was an award winner at the 2003 San Sebastian Film Festival.


Cristina Quadri (Barbara Lombardo) is the model of a perfect student. Smart and affluent, her life is in perfect order until, one day, she is called from her class and made to appear in front of a judge. The judge informs her that her real parents disappeared in the 1970s. Cristina is forced to go live with her grandmother, Elisa (Susana Campos), who has spent the past 16 years attempting to locate Cristina (whose birth name was Sofia). Although, at first, she is hurt, bitter and confused, Cristina/Sofia eventually grows to care for Elisa and begins to research the fate of her parents - and how much her adoptive parents knew of the truth.


  • Bárbara Lombardo as Cristina Quadri / Sofía Lombardi
  • Susana Campos as Elisa Dominich
  • Hugo Arana as Juez Barrenechea
  • Osvaldo Santoro as Pablo Quadri
  • Noemí Frenkel as Licenciada Bernstein
  • Lidia Catalano as Martha
  • Mercedes Funes as Angélica
  • Silvia Baylé as Adela de Quadri
  • Luis Gianneo as Doctor Gómez


Critical response[edit]

Film critic A. O. Scott especially lauded the young actor in the film, writing, "We first meet Cristina Quadri, the heroine of Gastón Biraben’s Captive, at her 15th birthday party, in 1994. She appears to be a perfectly ordinary, if exceptionally lovely, Buenos Aires teenager. Cristina lives with her doting upper-middle-class family (her father, now retired, was an officer in the national police force) and attends a starchy Catholic girls’ school, where she daydreams through her lessons and sneaks cigarettes with her best friend. But Bárbara Lombardo, the extraordinary young actress who plays Cristina, has the kind of soft, melancholy features that seem to hold reservoirs of emotion, as if she were haunted by the memory — or perhaps the premonition — of an unbearable hurt."[1]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scott, A.O. The New York Times, film review, "Observe With Caution: She’s Not the Girl She Appears to Be (Not Even to Herself)", November 10, 2006. Accessed: June 22, 2013.

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