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Close My Eyes (1991)

After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married. The relationship between Richard and Natalie proves dangerously obsessional. ... See full summary »

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Stephen Poliakoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Sinclair
Clive Owen ... Richard
Saskia Reeves ... Natalie Bryant
Karl Johnson ... Colin
Lesley Sharp ... Jessica
Kate Gartside ... Paula
Karen Knight Karen Knight ... Philippa
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Geof
Campbell Morrison Campbell Morrison ... Scotsman
Annie Hayes Annie Hayes ... Receptionist
Maxwell Hutcheon Maxwell Hutcheon ... Interviewee
Geraldine Somerville ... Natalie's Boss
Helen FitzGerald ... Scottish Girl
Christopher Barr Christopher Barr ... Noley
Gordon Salkilld Gordon Salkilld ... Hotel Porter
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Storyline

After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married. The relationship between Richard and Natalie 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, especially 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Com os Olhos Fechados See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$135,893
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Close My Eyes (1991) reworks many of the themes from Stephen Poliakoff's stage play 'Hitting Town.' There's still the plot of a torrid, brother/sister love affair, but it includes the upheaval of the London Docklands development, the late 80s recession, and the AIDS scare, which had just emerged out into the open. 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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Connections

References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Rio Carnival
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Music by Frank McDonald and Chris Rae
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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La Dolce London
7 March 2000 | by Gary-161See all my reviews

Writer and director Poliakoff has had a variable but often remarkable career in television mostly, with landmarks 'Bloody Kids' (directed admirably by Stephen Frears) and 'Caught On A Train'. His work as a director as well as a writer has been arguably less successful with the recent 'The Tribe' being laughed off the screen despite the sell of a naked Anna Friel, and the critically mixed reviews of his serial set in a photographic museum. His plots tend to have hard to swallow fancies to them, and this is no exception. Life tough and fractured in the modern financial jungle? Roll about on the floor with your sister, after all you haven't seen her for years. Then blow this up in some way to include aids and pretentiously tie the outcome to the fate of humanity, not to mention your actual middle classes. There are many puzzling aspects to this film, not least the overbearing photography and wallowing in architectural richness. There's got to be a reason, it just escapes me.

Poliakoff's script is efficient and always interesting, despite the cringe factor, but it's the performances that make this film so strange and memorable. Clive Owen has cut a curious path in British telly, sharing with Paul McGann a sort of 'new man' image, especially in 'Chancer' where he was seen snuggling up cooeing to his baby son stark naked in bed. "Aaaaaah," went several thousand female hearts. Owen is an interesting, even brilliant actor. He doesn't act with his voice, which is often kept low key and naturalistic, but through his face. He's one of those gifted actors who can portray deep emotion and anguish with a mere inflection. He is partnered with the equally able Saskia Reeves, and together they burn up the screen, especially in the blistering climax. It's at moments like these you really admire actors and the way they make the magic happen.


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