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Cannes Film Festival 2014: Palme d’Or contender 'The Captive' has echoes of Madeleine McCann case

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Cannes Film Festival 2014: Palme d’Or contender 'The Captive' has echoes of Madeleine McCann case

Post by sharonl on 17.05.14 0:25


Cannes Film Festival 2014: Palme d’Or contender 'The Captive' has echoes of Madeleine McCann case

Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos star as parents whose daughter is abducted

Louise Jury


Friday 16 May 2014

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/cannes-film-festival-2014-palme-dor-contender-the-captive-has-echoes-of-madeleine-mccann-case-9388400.html

A film inspired by the case of a missing child in Canada and which has parallels with the story of Madeleine McCann has received its premiere in Cannes.


The Captive explores what happens when a young girl, Cass, is kidnapped from her family’s car as her father, played by Ryan Reynolds, is buying a pie in a diner. The tragedy splits the family and also has a significant impact on investigating detectives.

Director Atom Egoyan, whose previous work includes Where the Truth Lies, said the film was based on the story of a little boy who vanished from a park in the Canadian town where he was raised. “I know the park, I know where he went missing, I know the mother just turned her back for a moment,” he said. “The parents are still invested in this, believing that the child is there and the child will return.”

The girl’s mother, played by Mireille Enos, cannot forgive her husband for what happens. But Egoyan said: “You know it as a parent, there are often times when you leave your child alone.”

Reynolds, best known for comedy roles, said research suggested families were usually torn apart by such tragedies.

And he paid tribute to Kevin Durand, who plays the kidnapper, for taking on “the most difficult role in the film”, saying: “I don’t know if I would have been up to the challenge.”

Durand said: “I was terrified, horrified and honoured that Atom saw me as a perfect fit for this character.”

Dawson expressed “huge respect” for police who carry out work into missing children and paedophilia. But most predators were not how people imagined them to be. “Evil doesn’t look like someone standing in the corner with a moustache,” he said.

Enos said she could not imagine being in limbo for nine years like her character. But she said: “There are so many people who live through these tragedies who never see their children again.”

The Captive is one of 18 films competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or. Being screened, but not competing, is How to Train Your Dragon 2 starring Cate Blanchett.

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Post by ShuBob on 17.05.14 8:43

Interesting article in a number of respects e.g. the writer mentions families being torn apart by such tragedy and one parent blaming the other yet we are also meant to believe the McCanns are different in this respect. Also, this quote is particularly telling IMO:

'Dawson expressed “huge respect” for police who carry out work into missing children and paedophilia. But most predators were not how people imagined them to be. “Evil doesn’t look like someone standing in the corner with a moustache,” he said.'

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Post by bobbin on 17.05.14 8:50

Clay Regazzoni wrote:

OMG, that is too funny, or it would be if it weren't so near to the truth as we unfortunately know it.  sad 

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Post by Guest on 17.05.14 9:04

@bobbin wrote:

OMG, that is too funny, or it would be if it weren't so near to the truth as we unfortunately know it.  sad 

Probably best not watch this one then.


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Post by bobbin on 17.05.14 9:16

Clay Regazzoni wrote:
@bobbin wrote:

OMG, that is too funny, or it would be if it weren't so near to the truth as we unfortunately know it.  sad 

Probably best not watch this one then.

So, after your warning, I pressed the button immediately. Laugh, OK, who is producing this stuff. It's really got the situation sussed.
Good to know that when the authorities keep turning a blind eye to the obvious and make an art of 'denying in your face', then at least 'parody' will get the message out there anyway big grin 

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Post by Guest on 17.05.14 11:22

I actually used to watch Monkey Dust and there were some great bits - interestingly though, it was made between 2003 and 2005 so the missing girl clip wasn't influenced by anyone obvious!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCywGhHQMEw

This link is to a compilation of clips about the "Paedofinder General", a character who sees and hunts down paedos everywhere - except where they actually are of course.

P.S. I was trying to describe who Mark Williams-Thomas is to my son and his immediate response was to ask if the character of the Paedofinder General was based on him!

Again, too soon but it does seem as if someone had a very accurate crystal ball.

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Post by Guest on 17.05.14 13:35

Good gracious. That's some form of black humour ...

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Post by lj on 18.05.14 1:12

Do you think K&G watched these videos for inspiration??


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