Film Review: “A Woman Captured” (2017) ★★★★

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I can understand why sometimes people refuse to watch documentary films; fictional life is so much more entertaining than the non-fictional one. And who can blame those who don’t want to know too much in order to have smooth and sweet dreams at night?

I always carefully choose, ahead of time, the subjects I want to watch. I would rather cover something that’s meaningful and important and carries an important message for our society than writing about Marvel’s “Avengers” that will find its way to success whether we journalists, film critics or bloggers cover it or not. But I’ll be damned if I am not mad or angry each time I do something which I promised to never do again. Because nothing is more upsetting that knowing how awful we can be sometimes. And by saying that I mean not you or myself, but those who feel empowered enough to enslave people, take their liberty and will away from them… But at the end of the day, I ask only one question, WHY?

“A Woman Captured” has every element to turn into a feature film. It starts as a slow-burning drama, introduces itself through its protagonist Marish, who spent her last ten years as a slave to her master, Eta. Just glancing at Eta’s hands is enough for the viewer to imagine the level of evil which comes from this woman, her appetite for taking advantage of poor Marish, or just taking Marish’s earned money because she feels that way. As the viewer follows the story of modern slavery, it also manages to bring that little nuance we people have but not many show – the fear of uncertainty, unable to escape from what we should have done a long time ago, and anticipating what’s next?

Marish continues to ask those questions while Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, director of “A Woman Captured”, patiently follows her for a whole year. Bernadett Tuza-Ritter promises Eta not to film Marish or not to talk to the woman until the filmmaker gets the master’s permission. In fact, Bernadett Tuza-Ritter had to pay Eta in order to gain access to her home and be able to continue filming Marish secretly. But by the time when you reach the logical conclusion, you will realize the amount of job Bernadett Tuza-Ritter has done toward Marish, which is exactly opposite to what Eta does to the poor and helpless woman.

In conclusion, “A Woman Captured” is an incredibly intriguing movie, and in fact one of the rarest documentary features where the filmmaker is able to finalize the story with no need to follow up on it with a later one. It’s like a Hollywood drama where there’s a happy ending in a very emotional way. From the start till the end, there was not a single moment it would slow down. Editing is magically inexplicable, the idea, and how it was told is pure art.

Having said that, yes, in comparison to other films, “A Woman Captured” did not have anything fancy to offer, but it had something better that we all must carry in our heart – love, dignity, respect, not taking life for granted, not taking other people’s life for granted, to promote the feeling of gratitude and not hate, always being gentle and humane. And thanks to “A Woman Captured” – we now know who wants to be and who doesn’t, and being captured or capture someone is not what the world should stand on and will never do! Period.


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