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378 Ratings

La belle captive

Directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet
France, 1983
Avant-Garde, Crime, Fantasy


Alain Robbe-Grillet’s erotically-charged film portrays a married man’s obsession with a mysterious woman who steps out of his fantasies.

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La belle captive Directed by Alain Robbe-Grillet

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  • msmichel's rating of the film La belle captive

    A bizarre puzzle box of a film that melds the works of Rene Magritte with the narrative maze writing of director Alain Robbe-Grillet with interesting but middling results. Excellent production values with kudos to cinematographer Henri Alekan and the production design of Aime Deude. Though the film winds up getting lost in its own maze, it's an interesting journey getting lost.

  • Jason's rating of the film La belle captive

    Every subsequent David Lynch movie would appear to bare its influence. Handily Robbe-Grillet's most bizarre film, curious since it is the one that most engages genre and the mainstream (Hitchcock, Val Lewton, classical noir). There were innumerable two-shots where I found myself thinking: neither of these people has any business being in a movie. One sequence is amongst the most incredible things I've ever seen.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film La belle captive

    I don't exactly want to admit that I saw this film. I had hopes that he could leave behind his nudie films, but then if you saw the cover, you knew what you were getting yourself into.

  • F.Bieberkopf's rating of the film La belle captive

    The film reminds us of the fantastic ambitions that the medium is capable of scaling. The parapsychological, dream-logic or illogicalities weave an illusion of escape, realization of fantasies, a betrayal of faith, the films inhabit in the skin of the medium. Robbe-Grillet's cinema reminds me of something Ruiz once said,"film is a form of anti-religion-a free zone capable of producing perpetual disbelief."

  • Tibulle85's rating of the film La belle captive

    Un film assez intéressant. Robbe-Grillet évite bien certains écueils de la représentation de structures oniriques en film-live. Mais le film présente des grosses longueurs, notamment dans sa 2e partie qui a eu sur moi des effets soporifiques (le comble pr un film traitant du rêve!). De même, le potentiel érotique du film est désormais complètement désamorcé, 30 ans après sa création (surtout après One room in Rome).

  • BUSTER TIERNEY's rating of the film La belle captive

    Quelle lourdeur ! Quel maniérisme ! Quelle prétention intellectuelle ! Revoir ce film me confirme que Marguerite Duras, l'autre cinéaste issue du Nouveau Roman, lui est 1000 fois supérieure et intemporelle ! Seuls Daniel Emilkorf et François Chaumette donnent une vraie dimension surréalisante... Vive Buñuel et son humour qui aurait eu la délicatesse de faire passer un émeu ou un panda à l'improviste !

  • Ioana's rating of the film La belle captive

    Surreal and gothic, on the side of spiritism, vampire lore and psychological traps, this is not just a movie about a man's obsession with a woman. You can't really pin down everything that it is, actually. In my opinion, it's full of symbolism and offers more than meets the eye. I thought it was superb! On the visual side, it definitely was.

  • Peter Lewis's rating of the film La belle captive

    Gothic splendor. Surrealist picnic. Is he detective, assassin or holy fool? Who cares! Surf the surface and enjoy the cinematic ride. Also Henri Alekanas is the cinematographer, the visionary master behind the films of Jean Cocteau.