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Close My Eyes (1991)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  22 November 1991 (USA)
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After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie. Now married, the relationship proves dangerously obsessional. Their private intensity (& working ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Richard
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Natalie Bryant
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Colin
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Jessica
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Paula
Karen Knight ...
Philippa
Niall Buggy ...
Geof
Campbell Morrison ...
Scotsman
Annie Hayes ...
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Maxwell Hutcheon ...
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Natalie's Boss
Helen FitzGerald ...
Scottish Girl
Christopher Barr ...
Noley
Gordon Salkilld ...
Hotel Porter
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Storyline

After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie. Now married, the relationship proves dangerously obsessional. Their private intensity (& working class origins) contrast with the middle-class, inhibited, stuffy public scenes we see in the Richmond world into which Natalie has moved with her marriage. As the guilt and intensity of the siblings increases we seem to be heading for disaster, a forboding which increases when Natalie's husband Sinclair finds out. Written by Moray McConnachie <cerberus@ermine.ox.ac.uk>

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There are some relationships so taboo they're irresistible.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sensuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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22 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Com os Olhos Fechados  »

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$135,893 (USA)
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Trivia

Clive Owen took time out from Chancer (1990) to make Close My Eyes (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Natalie and Richard are fighting on the country lane, there is a rip in the right shoulder of her jacket. When they get back to the party, the rip has gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Natalie: You're late.
Richard: Sorry, it was unavoidable, trains on Sunday, you know what they're like.
Natalie: Unavoidable? I don't believe it. I've eaten all the food.
Richard: You've eaten all the food? Now that's serious.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Bianca
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Music by Dick Walter
KPM Music Ltd
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A passionate story
1 March 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of film that British film-makers do very well. An ambitious brother and sister have grown up distant from each other. The tension they feel when they meet comes to a head when Natalie initiates Richard into an incestuous affair. She maintains control throughout and he is tortured. The whole story is set against a background of urban London and sumptuous Richmond middle-class wealth. It is very well acted and has an interesting sub plot of Richard's boss who is dying of AIDS.

It deals with the difficulty of finding permanant relationships in the late 1980s/early 1990s, but it makes the point with subtlety. It looks mainstream, but falls into the art cinema category, probably because it was intended for television broadcasting. It deals with a very controversial subject with taste, but it is explicit enough for you to feel the attraction between Natalie and Richard with conviction. The lead characters in it are attractive too with great support from Alan Rickman as Natalie's dominating husband. It is as English as anything by Merchant/Ivory, but has much more edge.


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