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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.



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »



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


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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Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Closer: Llevados por el deseo  »


Box Office


$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:

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1.85 : 1
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Was the second time Jude Law and Natalie Portman were together on screen, the first time being their small scene in Cold Mountain (2003). See more »


When Dan is cybersexing with Larry, and begins to simulate an orgasm, he type a full line of $%$^&^&*&()*()*_)( but in the next shot he is only adding the first line of $%^&*^(*^&^ $%$#$%#@%^&&*^&*(*&( See more »


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Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Flawed and cold, but sharp and haunting.
30 January 2005 | by See 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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