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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

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If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking. See more »

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

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3 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Closer: Llevados por el deseo  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

Then line "It tastes like you, only sweeter" was used as a lyric in the Fall Out Boy song "Thnks fr th Mmrs" See more »

Goofs

During Anna and Larry's big fight, Anna walks across the apartment to the couch and the sound of her footsteps are out of sync. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 26 November 2014 (2014) See more »

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Mais Feliz
Written by Andre Cunha, Bebel Gilberto and Agenor de Miranda Araugo Neto
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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A classic that will be in film schools
2 December 2004 | by (United States Minor Outlying Islands) – See all my reviews

I saw a sneak preview of this film and thought it would be good but was stunned by its unique flavor and strong character arcs that leaves you wondering if you're watching a Mamet play or a classic film.

The story gets more and more complex and the acting is so superb that it adds a certain believability to it that would lack with a less reputable cast. Jude Law is as always sensational as a variant of his Alfie charaacter, and Natalie Portman has reached a level of maturity that was truly surprising, not to mention wearing some of the sexiest stripper outfits one can imagine. And Clive Owen is a perfect match for Jude that turns into a perfect ego cock match that creates so much delightful drama that you wonder how far they will push the edge. There are parts of the story that seem a bit far-fetched but its Hollywood baby so with this stellar cast you let a few issues like that fly because you truly are at the edge of your seat wondering how twisted these two pairs of lovers will get.

If you happen to have just finished with a relationship or been cheated on recently id highly advise to bring your heart ready for rampage or lots of tissues but its depth is so provocative that you leave the theatre with so many questions about your own personal life - which personally is what makes the difference between a basic movie and a magical one that literally makes one believe you're watching a true story.

Enjoy and hope you never run into one of these characters.!


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