Somewhere in Eastern Europe, Carole is a young nurse with a humanitarian aid group that has finished its mission. But just then, the young woman and her two colleagues are kidnapped by strangers for mysterious reasons. Held captive, cared for and kept alive in an oppressive and sinister setting, the three prisoners are soon horrified to discover what their kidnappers really have in store for them… First-timer Yann Gozlan finally switches from short to long after realising two acclaimed short features ( Pellis and Echo ). With Captifs aka Caged, Gozlan wanted to test his own relationship with violence and anxiety. In other words, he tried to find a personal way as a director of transmitting those two harsh feelings to the audience, without falling into the usual trap of increasing the level of violence. Very comfortable with the archetypal conventions of the genre, Gozlan’s main inspiration for this movie was Franju’s The Eyes Without a Face ( 1959 ). He displays masterful sobriety in dealing with a topic subject to an increasing amount of media coverage these days: organ trafficking. Starring Zoé Félix ( Welcome to the Sticks, Déjà Mort ), Arié Elmaleh ( Persepolis, Chouchou ) and Eric Savin ( also in Mirages, screened at the BIFFF ).

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