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A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".
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
Damien Rice, who sings the song "Blower's Daughter" on the film's soundtrack, Recorded a song for the movie also called "Closer" - but the song wasn't finished in time for the movies release. Another Rice song "Cold Water" can be heard in the film when Alice and Dan are walking around London after leaving the hospital. See more »
When Dan and Anna are at the opera (the English National Opera in London), the soundtrack is playing a recording of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" in the original Italian. All productions at the ENO are always sung in English. See more »
The only thing worse than a boring movie is a pretentious boring movie. Closer is just that.
It seems like this movie is trying to present a realistic view of the dark side of romance and sex. To me, incessantly asking questions of your partner is not realistic. A large portion of the film consisted of the men asking the women (and sometimes vice versa): What did you do? When did you do it? How did you do it? Where did you do it? After the first hundred questions I didn't care what the answer was, I just wanted these people to shut up already. I on the other hand have just one question: Is this the way real people talk to each other?
In addition these are four of the most unlikeable people I've ever seen in a movie. I couldn't have cared less what happened to any of them. I guess the film is trying to say that they deserve each other. That's fine, they can have each other, but don't foist them on me.
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