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The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.



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Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film, as Tarantino might put it, puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


If you believe in love at first sight... Take a closer look. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Closer: Llevados por el deseo  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,707,972 (USA) (3 December 2004)


$33,987,757 (USA) (11 February 2005)

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Did You Know?


The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman and two Oscar nominees: Jude Law and Clive Owen. See more »


When Dan is cybersexing with Larry he types "I want to suck you senseless" in the typing area of the chatbox but when it appears in the box for Larry to read it says "I want 2 suck u senseless". See more »


[first lines]
Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Written by Pierre Barouh, Baden Powell de Aquino and Vinicius de Moraes
Performed by Bebel Gilberto
Courtesy of Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees Records
Under license from Crammed Discs
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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User Reviews

4 December 2004 | by (NJ, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

It's once in a very rare time that I go to the movies and I'm treated as an adult. I see a film that is intelligent, thought provoking, provocative and rawly realistic. Closer is that film. It present an honest portrayal of four severely unlikable characters and they screw with each others love lives back and forth. The film is told in adult sporting complexity through the growing plot points , the way it's filled and it's tasty advancing dialogue. Everyone in the film turns in a powerhouse performance worthy of Oscar consideration. Ms. Portman is wonderful as Alice shedding her blockbuster star wars acting skills and portraying someone multi dimensional with heart and pizazz. Julia Roberts stars as Anna in a cold, subtle performance which will leave audiences appreciating her acting believability as she pounces through each of her scenes with charismatic force. Jude law and Clive Owen are the real surprises here both turning in wonderfully appealing performance. Strong, weak, flawed and memorable. Especially whose last outing was the entertaining but mediocre action summer pic King Arthur. The film has wonderfully tight direction and sports beautifully placid colors and a fine adult score. The film draws dangerously close to being a near perfect film. I only wish it could've gone on for abit longer I wasn't completely satisfied to the ends of the characters on which we were give. but life itself isn't perfect or satisfying and this is a slick of someones life. Rush out and go see Closer! Oner of the best film's of the year!

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