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La Captive (Belgium / France)

The Captive

Truth or imagination?


Director: Chantal Akerman

Cast: Stanislas Merhar   Sylvie Testud

Footage: 118min

Year: 2000 

The film opens with grainy Super-8 footage showing Ariane and her female friends rollicking on a beach.  Ariane's boyfriend Simon proves to be a fanatically jealous lover; he subjects her to surveillance and endless questions about her whereabouts. Ariane answers his inquires vaguely to maintain at least a modicum of privacy, which only fuels Simon's suspicions that she is leading a double life as a lesbian. When Simon tries to break off the relationship, they end up on a road trip to the sea, resulting in tragic consequences.


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