L’apolide Atom Egoyan è stato nel corso degli anni ’90 uno dei maestri del cinema indipendente, grazie ad opere di grande fascino visivo e ricchezza narrativa, come Exotica, Il viaggio di Felicia, Il dolce domani.
Poi la sua stella si è un po’ appannata, perduta in progetti lontani dal suo stile o semplicemente poco riusciti come Ararat e False verità.
Eppure il successivo Adoration, inedito in Italia, rimane forse il suo capolavoro ed i buoni incassi del thriller Chloe gli hanno consentito una certa libertà d’azione.
The devil’s knot, ispirato dal processo dei “Tre di West Memphis” è stato presentato a Toronto a settembre, raccogliendo critiche piuttosto negative, ma Egoyan ha già pronto un nuovo film, The Captive, già intitolato Queen of the night, che sembra avere molti punti in comune con Prisoners dell’altro canadese Denis Villeneuve.
Nel cast ci sono Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast e Bruce Greenwood.
MATTHEW is driving his massive logging truck and leaves his precious daughter sleeping as he ducks into roadside washroom. When he returns she is gone.
In the following years, his wife TINA visits the police station where she has formed a relationship with the detective, NICOLE. Each year on CASS’s birthday, NICOLE gives TINA a report on how the search for her missing daughter is going. Lately, the police have identified the girl on the internet, but have had no success in tracking down her physical presence. CASS has aged 8 years since her disappearance. She is being held somewhere, but what is she doing there? The disturbing nature of her “broadcasts” is gradually revealed. Can CASS use these “broadcasts” to her advantage to plan her own escape?
THE CAPTIVE is a drama about how this kidnapping destroys two relationships—that of MATTHEW AND TINA, who blames her husband for all that has happened, as well of that of NICOLE and her co-‐worker JEFFREY. NICOLE AND JEFFREY work intensely with the horrors of internet child abuse crimes from day to day. Surprisingly, they find they have a good relationship despite their horrific work and are attracted to each other. They have a strong connection until the moment when Jeffrey’s obsession with work crosses an ethical line.
Years after the kidnapping, MATTHEW is driving a truckload of nursery trees to a remote destination. On his way, he stops for an overnight stay at a motel. When he wakes the next morning his truck is gone. A single tree is left in its place. In the far distance he sees another stolen tree planted on the side of the road. Approaching it, he sees another and another. The Trees are leading him somewhere. Is this a nightmare, or is he confronting a disturbing dream come true?
The theme of THE CAPTIVE is that great evil will not go unpunished, but the twisting nature of this evil creates an unpredictable and complex story.
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