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Closer (2004)

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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.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Patrick Marber (play), Patrick Marber (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Julia Roberts ... Anna
Jude Law ... Dan
Natalie Portman ... Alice
Clive Owen ... Larry
Nick Hobbs ... Taxi Driver
Colin Stinton ... Customs Officer
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Storyline

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 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... Take a closer look. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Closer: Llevados por el deseo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,707,972, 5 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,987,757, 13 February 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,505,027
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The photograph of an elderly couple which appears before Alice is photographed by Anna, and which appears also in Anna's exhibition, is a photograph of British philosophers Peter Geach and G. E. M. Anscombe. See more »

Goofs

When Larry and Anna are having lunch to sign the divorce papers, Anna's watch is at a few minutes before 9. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Connections

Referenced in The Ricky Gervais Show: Clive Warren (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Bella vita militar!
from opera "Così fan tutte"
Performed by Renée Fleming, Anne Sofie von Otter, Frank Lopardo, Olaf Bär,
Michele Pertusi with London Voices and Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited and Universal Classics Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Flawed and cold, but sharp and haunting.
30 January 2005 | by OverAnalysisBoySee all my reviews

I've seen Closer described as a cinematic triumph, but it's precisely not. The film wears its theatrical origins on its sleeve, and the presence of the camera is mostly irrelevant.

It also fails in a more subtle way. Initially, I watched four apparently amoral people, devoid of depth or shame, being clever at each other in increasingly hurtful and exploitative ways, and my mind rebelled. This can't be right, I thought, people don't talk like this. Hell, people don't *act* like this.

Then the light dawned. The characters seemed inhuman because they are. They aren't people at all, they're philosophical positions. When they talk, they're not talking. They're saying the things that people only dare think, asking the questions that haunt anyone whose relationship has gone horrifically pear-shaped. This isn't the story of four people and four relationships, it's an attempt to compress everything the author believes about human relationships into a film and bend it into a story. It feels artificial because it is.

With that realisation, I actually began to enjoy it, because Closer is a very clever film. I wish I could disagree with more of it, because many of the things it has to say about human relationships are painfully true. Every mistake you've ever made in a relationship is in here, and it's guaranteed to make you squirm at least once. It's also blackly funny in many places.

Without exception, the performances are fantastic, with the honours going to Natalie Portman's emotionally scarred escapist who wears lies like they were armour, and Clive Owen's brutal, perceptive, and ultimately absolutely human dirty doctor.

Be warned! The marketing campaign may lead you to think it's a comforting rom-com, but it's not. I wouldn't advise going with your partner unless you're rock-solid. You may leave asking some uncomfortable questions, and wondering how well you really know them...


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