CloserDirector: Mike Nichols, Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman
Patrick Marber's acclaimed stage drama about the romantic interactions of four people has been given a reverent screen adaptation by director and producer Mike Nichols. Dan (Jude Law) is a writer in London who wants to finish a novel, but in the meantime supports himself by writing obituaries. One day he chances upon Alice (Natalie Portman), a beautiful young American expatriate, working as a stripper, when he sees her get hit by a car. Alice immediately falls for Dan, and gives him her love without reservation. Dan is initially enchanted with Alice, and returns her affection, but while she inspires him to write his novel (based on her life), her neediness begins to wear on him. Anna (Julia Roberts) is a photographer who is hired to take a portrait of Dan for the dust jacket of his book; Dan is attracted to her easy confidence, and while the two of them flirt, Anna soon (inadvertently through Dan's playful machinations) meets Larry (Clive Owen), a dermatologist, and marries him. Dan can't get Anna out of his mind even though she's married, and the two become lovers, but Dan is frustrated by the fact that Anna is reluctant to leave Larry for him. Patrick Marber wrote the screenplay for this adaptation of Closer; it was the playwright's first feature-film credit.
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- Image Entertainment
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Nick Hobbs||Taxi Driver|
|Colin Stinton||Customs Officer|
|Mary Bailey||Associate Producer|
|Celia Costas||Executive Producer|
|Robert Fox||Executive Producer|
|Michael Haley||Asst. Director,Co-producer|
|Tim Hatley||Production Designer|
|Paul A. Levin||Associate Producer|
|Hannah Moseley||Art Director|
|Ann Roth||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Scott Rudin||Executive Producer|
|Ivan Sharrock||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Antonia Van Drimmelen||Editor|
1. Start [:23]
2. Alice [2:32]
3. Borrowing Lives [1:32]
4. Catching Up [4:18]
5. "I've Got to See You." [5:09]
6. "Just Take My Picture." [4:20]
7. London Sex Anon [2:13]
8. Dr. Larry [1:58]
9. Invitation [3:05]
10. Sad Strangers [6:30]
11. Lurking [6:30]
12. "This Will Hurt." [2:01]
13. The Moment [5:08]
14. "I'm the One That Leaves." [1:27]
15. Closed Circle [5:09]
16. Caveman [4:49]
17. Paradise Suite [4:12]
18. "My Real Name Is Jane." [2:28]
19. Double Divorcee [2:17]
20. "Sign." [4:36]
21. Better to Be Truthful [2:01]
22. A Fist Wrapped in Blood [3:45]
23. Prescription [5:24]
24. Happy Anniversary [3:16]
25. "She's Mine." [4:12]
26. Honesty [2:36]
27. Jane Jones [3:06]
Audio: English 5.1
Audio: English DTS
Subtitles: Subtitles Off
Music Video: "The Blower's Daughter" Performed by Damien Rice
House of Flying Daggers
A Love Song for Bobby Long
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The way the storyline was written seems all wrong for the big screen, and the movie-style format really does nothing to help. The 4 players in the film could have wonderful lives if they'd just wake up a bit. Closer just examines their interminglings.
great acting from all the characters. superb dialogue. realisic portrayal of life and relationships and how they are not always as straightforward and simple as some would think.
While I am an avid movie watcher, I am also an avid theatre goer, and while the movie is no where near as outstanding as the play, I still feel that it is very important to see. In these modern times where the divorce rate is pratically one in three and the rate of people having sex before marriage is about the same, this movie hits you in a place that will, most certianly, make you slightly uncomfortable. But uncomfortable doesn't mean bad. Despite what many will say, it talks about what many people deal with in relationships every day. Sexual jealously is something that this movie really brings out of people and it is very important to see these un-pretty traits in ourselves through the film. Clive Owen does a spectacular performance as Dan, while Natalie Portman, Alice, keeps us completely captivated with her. All and all, it is most certianly worth buying.
Its rare that a film as mature and honest as this gets made, all the actors do a spectacular job its a wonder they werent all nominated for Oscars--this film is a must for fans of Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Natalie Portman.
With the growing trend in adultery in society today, it is only natural for it to enter into our movie industry as well. However, Closer is one of the few movies to accurately depict the pain, torment, and destruction that cheating brings to a person. This is not a movie for younger audiences, but it is a movie that just about everyone will relate to in one way or another. Natalie Portman's character is absolutely entrancing throughout the whole film, and you can't help but feel pity and disgust for every character. Overall this is a great movie, one that I highly recommend watching/buying!
"Closer" is one of the all-time WORST movies I have ever seen. I do find it ironic that a movie that is all about sex- where all characters do is talk frankly about sex- is miserably BORING. The 4 main characters are so shallow and selfish, they don't even seem human. If these characters had ANY human traits, we might connect with them, care about them, understand them, or (at least) be interested in them, if only to a small degree. I am not a Julia Roberts fan, but she has the one and only interesting scene in "Closer", where her character viciously tells her husband (Clive Owen) about how much better a lover Jude Law's character is compared to him. I thought Natalie Portman gave a poor performance (as usual) and I cannot believe how many award nominations she received for "Closer" -just because Portman cries in every other scene she is in, does not make her a good actress. After watching "Closer", the only thing you will feel is deep regret for wasting and losing 2 hours of your life on such a boring movie.
i love this movie it soooo awsome. A must see!!!
Natalie Portman did the best, then Clive Owen. Julia and Jude did good but I think their characters ruined it for them. Overall though, this movie was brilliant. The ending was totally ironic. Loved it! & the opening & ending song by Damien Rice is so beautiful. You have to watch this movie.
Closer makes every step in the right direction as far as films go. Superb acting, and in my opinion, the breakthrough performance of the year for Clive Owen. The plot is entertaining through the end while provoking intense emotional and conceptual feelings that last long after you leave the screen. All Academy Award nominations that this film recieved were well deserved, but I can not understand why it recieved no nomination for best adapted screenplay, of which is more than deserved. One of the best films of the year.
The film as a whole is vile. It is offensive. It is emotionally disturbing and it portrays not a single forthright individual. Much of the story's unfolding leans far too heavily on the crutch of outlandish coincidence and the language is laced heavily with profanity. That being said . . . it was a very good film. There is a short period at the beginning where the viewer is calmly reassured. It will all be okay. Damien Rice's voice is heart-breakingly sweet as he croons over the meeting of Daniel (Law) and Alice (Portman). It's a scene straight out of one of those numerous chick flicks we all cherish; those cozy romantic comedies that fit our fantasies as warmly and as snugly as cashmere on a crisp morning. We smile at the flirtation . . . the initial hesitation and the knowledge that something extraordinary is blossoming in these two people. We all know what is coming; we've read the reviews . . . pain and parting and betrayal . . . but this is a movie, we rationalize, and in movies, we're safe . . . no matter what happens. We watch these two fall in love and then we witness the first betrayal. Small, it would seem, in the face of what's to come. Still, we hold out. There is even laughter (partly in sharing in the joke and partly in shock) at Daniel's internet prank (anyone who has read any reviews knows what I'm referring to). But there comes the point where the laughter stops. You can hear a pin drop. No one coughs or shifts in their seats and not even the barely out of high-school set, so infamous for ruining a film with editorializing or just general obnoxiousness, breathes a word. This is where the pain and parting, which we knew all along was coming, smacks us full force in the face. There is so much cruelty and obscenity slung about (the latter mostly coming from Clive Owen's character, Larry) that we feel almost brutalized, ourselves. Of course . . . in the real world, people don't speak this way. The vulgarity of the language is included simply for the shock value, but this is not what skewers us. Rather, it is what we willingly and with full knowledge inflict upon each other. The immensity of it. The emotional devastation, while fictional in it's drunken sailor dialect, is nonetheless true in the lasting and far-reaching effects. In fact, Larry's most brutal verbal assault upon Daniel near the end of the film is delivered in calm controlled tones and in language free of any obscenity. It is a killer blow and, in spite of the horribleness of what has come before, it is the first time my jaw drops in utter disbelief at what has just been said. It is, given what we are told of Daniel's history in the opening scene, the coldest and most wretched thing one could have said. After the credits rolled and Damien Rice's song again filled the theater, I waited . . . partly because the song is so beautiful and so fitting (especially the last line, which was curiously cut off) but mainly because I had to get a grip on myself and come to terms with what I'd just seen. My initial reaction was disgust . . . as no doubt many others felt. But in viewing 'Closer' as a film, and as thus, a piece of art, I was reminded that essentially, great filmmakers show us (nowadays, at least) one of two things . . . a beautiful lie or an ugly truth. This may have been the ugliest of all, but truth it is, in the end. The performances, by the way, are brilliant. Every last one of them. For now, though, I think I need a hug.
I was upset at the end of the movie the first time I saw it, generally enjoying the "happy endings". But after seeing it a second time I came to appreciate the realistic nature of it. The actors are great (and Jude Law is very sexy, as is Natalie Portman) and the story line is good.
This is one of my favorite movies of all time! I would definately recommend it!
closer was a great piece of work and i recommend anyone with any sense should go see it, unless you completely ignore the undercurrent of basic, raw human emotion. anyone who doesnt fall in love with it the first time they see it is a complete idiot and should not be allowed to witness any great movies of our time, of which closer is one. some people say that it goes to extremes with the language and sexuality, but so do people, and this movie is all about people.
I went to the movies three times to see this and i'm so excited that it is out on DVD!!
I'm a huge fan of Julia Roberts and she was superb as always in this film. But even Julia’s skills couldn’t save this movie because it had no point, and was filled with selfish characters that couldn’t remain faithful to save their lives. I’m not sure what she was thinking when she agreed to take this role, but it is definitely not the highlight of her career.
I kept waiting for something redeeming to happen in this film to no avail. It was depressing throughout and left me with an empty feeling. I will say the actors were believable in their roles -- all selfish, obsessive, insensitive individuals. In the end I didn't care about a single one of them. Ugh, that's an hour and 44 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
This is the lamest movie I've ever seen Jude Law, Julia Roberts, or Natalie Portman in. I couldn't even get 30 minutes into it without yanking it out of my DVD player. Pointless trash.
I purchased this film on a whim and it's 1 of my favorites after 1 viewing! Realistic and incredibly sexy it's a film I can watch again and again! Buy this 1-you won't regret it!
I love movies with Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman so I enjoyed them acting together. I also enjoyed the music video.
This movie was recommended to me by a salesperson (not B&N). I was totally disappointed. It is not that it is a bad movie, it is just not romantic or funny. Don't let your kids be anywhere near this one. The language and some of the scenes are very inappropriate for them.
Truly a masterpiece. Not your typical Hollywood cheese, with lots of roses, kisses and a happy ending. But a true pain each one of us can relate to, so a very human movie... Fabulous acting. Beautiful.
I thought this was an above average movie. It does have mature, sexually-oriented themes, so it's not appropriate viewing for everyone. Obviously, it's not your normal Julia Roberts film. I'm NOT a Julie Roberts fan because she usually is involved in cutesy formula films that are almost all the same. Even though I'm not a fan, I still enjoy when she gets in a well made movie and plays a more realistic character -- something along the lines of Erin Brockovich. Even Julia Roberts needs to break out of her "square" every once in awhile. Jude Law, Portman, Roberts, and Owen were all excellent in this film. I thought both Owen and Portman were deserving of their Oscar supporting actor nominations. I liked that this movie had a unique feel. I enjoyed the direct and concise dialog. It was interesting to see how the characters used honesty and deception to affect their relationships and those of others. It's a topsy-turvy relational rollercoaster that as a whole oversteps what "realistically" should happen to any four people. But there are pieces of all these break-ups and make-ups that ring true and act as an interesting relational study. When the ride is over, it's tough to digest and reconcile all of the pieces, but it has certainly been and interesting trip.
It is so refreshing to finally see a film that tells about the dynamics of love and infidelity and the trappings that come with it all. A must see!
Not being a fan of romantic comedies, I was happily surprised when this movie was not. It is a very real, sometimes very painful, unabridged look at the lives of 4 people and the truths and lies that drive them apart (or even bring them back together). It is definitely not J-Lo or Kate Hudson escapist fluff, and the actors all contributed excellent performances, particularly Julia Roberts. Try not to watch this one with the kids.