Film

‘Cautiva’

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This intriguing debut by Argentinean writer-director Gaston Biraben sets up a lot of tough choices before finally taking the easy way out. Cristina, an Argentinean schoolgirl, is kidnapped (or perhaps rescued) by her own government and told that she is not the person she thought she was. But as Cristina (Bárbara Lombardo) struggles to find the truth about her birth and the military junta that was in power during her childhood, a film initially gripping in its moral shades of gray turns black-and-white, devolving to its final, less than bold statement: Mass murder is bad.