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Closer 2004

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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Natalie was born in Jerusalem in '81 so if the movie is from 1994 she's doing some pretty illegal stuff, therefore it must be 2004 :-)

this film did come out in 2004... go look it up

this film was out in 1994 not 2004, someone change it

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Directed by: Mike Nichols

Written by: Patrick Marber

Starring- Jude Law
Clive Owen
Natalie Portman
Julia Roberts

Distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Release date(s) December 3, 2004 (USA)

Running time 98 min.

Language English

Budget $27 million

My Plotline Analysis: Closer, a love story going beyond any other, presents us with four struggling lovers. All tangled in a twisted web of lies, adultry, and dark eroticism. The foursome includes Clive Owen and Julia Roberts as Anna and Larry, and Jude Law and Natalie Portman as Dan and Alice. The plotline, which really just serves as a way for the characters to get around (Pun intended), witnesses each character come in contact with each other by chance. Once Dan meets Anna during a photo shoot for his novel, it's traditional love at first sight. This is really the only thing traditional about this romance. However, Dan is happily indulged in love with Alice, who clings to him with obessed passion. Then, as a prank, Dan lures Larry into a meeting with Anna, who actually happens to be at the rendevous by some miraculous chance. The film thus continues from here, as the characters clash, switching partners, seeking their true loves, or just excepting their fates.


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This is a disturbing movie about sex, lies, affairs and everything else that destroys people's lives. The tagline for this film is absolutely perfect: "If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking." It's so accurate, it's scary. Mike Nichols helms this film and makes it very different than his previous films. His film The Graduate deals with affairs and such, but not to the extent this film does.

Adapted by Patrick Marber from a novel by Patrick Marber, this story is very good. Patrick Marber released a similar story last year (2006) about relationships that end because of affairs, Notes on a Scandal. With this film, Mike Nichols can rid his goody-goody image and finally be looked at as a serious director who is not afraid of taking risks. He has had previous risky films like The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but nothing like this.

This film has some of the best and most intriguing scenes in recent history and this is mostly because the cast was phenomenal. Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman were fantastic (with Owen and Portman winning the Globe and nominated for Oscars). There is no established protagonist(s) in this film. This is probably because they are all antagonists. They are all likeable at one point and are all despised at one point, also. Natalie Portman gives the best supporting performance by a female I have seen in a long time.



With the subject matter of this film one can conclude that it is not appropriate for young children or even teens for that matter (although I have seen it). It also might not appeal to people who have been through an affair because this film is very descriptive when it comes down to the sexual content. If you can get past the uncomfortableness, this film is brilliantly written and spot-on, also.

One of the best films of 2004, Mike Nichols brings us a film that is scary. Not scary because of man-eating monsters, but because this story is very real. People might think this film is a little exaggerative of the real world, but it really isn't, that's the sad thing. a bravo to the cast and Mike Nichols.

A must see for two really strong performances alone.


SEX, SEX, SEX! That's the main part of this movie. All sex. sex-related dialogue, even, and tons of it. This movie is usually pretty funny but suffers in a few places.

I found it kind of short, actually. At 98 minutes running time, this one is a quickie. But it's actually rather good, made good by Clive Owen and Natalie Portman. These two are fantastic actors. But the rest of the film seemed sort of rushed and tedious. I guess it was just a serious-minded drama, even though it tried in some places to be a comedy. It wasn't a bad movie, just sort of average with some stellar perfromances from its Oscar nomines.

Oh, and Natalie Portman is officially very cute! Even though she has been since Garden State...
:fresh: 2.5/4. I had wanted to view this for the longest time,but I never got around to it. I just fininshed and I came out of it pretty good. It was alot better than lasts nights dissapointment I had in "Little Children". Its the story of 4 people who meet,fall in love, and betray each other. It stars Clive Owen Natalie Portman Jude Law and Julia Roberts (in order of best performance). Director Mike Nichols is a very interesting director for me. He puts out possibly one of the best films in "The Graduate" 40 years ago and he still puts out good films. After the sucess of The Graduate one would think he could just retire. Nichols obviously loves what he does so he keeps doing it.

Not bad. The dialougue felt very real and was engaging but i somehow felt the situations were too 'made-for-tv'. the acting was all very good but i wasn't sold on julia roberts.


Dan is an obituary writer for a London newspaper. One inauspicious day, Dan witnesses a car accident where a beautiful lady is struck by a car. Dan rushes the girl to the hospital and instantly falls in love with her. He writes a book about the girl, Alice, and sets-up a photo session with a photographer for his book. When Dan meets the photographer, he falls in love with her. Through strange interactions, Dan lures a dermatologist into this vicious love triangle. The dermatologist falls in love with the photographer as well and then everything gets out of whack.

"I wanted to kill you."
"I thought you wanted to fuck me."
"Don't get lippy."

Mike Nichols, director of Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf, The Graduate, Biloxi Blues, Working Girl, Wolf, The Birdcage, and the upcoming Charlie Wilson's War (Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Ned Beatty), delivers Closer. The storyline for this picture was interesting and sad. Closer is a film that keeps the audience in anticipation of how anything good can come from the conclusion. There is an abundance of twists and turns throughout the film that keeps the ending in doubt.

"I'm not a whore."
"I wouldn't pay you."

Anna's photo shoot with Dan and then Alice, the internet sex sequence, the aquarium encounter, the cupid reference, Larry and Anna's argument/break-up regarding Anna having sex with Dan, Alice the stripper, Dan visiting the dermatologist, the hotel room argument, and the pass port epiphany were amongst the better portions of the film.

"Am I a stranger?"
"No. You're a job."

The cast for this picture is amazing and includes Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, and Clive Owen. Natalie Portman is amongst my favorite actresses. I will do my best to see all of her films throughout what looks to be a marvelous career. Closer was a compelling film that was surprisingly sad. There would seem to be rays of hope sprinkled throughout the picture; however, happiness is not meant to be for our characters.

"She has the moronic beauty of youth, but she's sly."

Grade: B+
Kind of campy melodrama - was it really trying to be serious? If people get that worked up over a bit of flesh penetrating another bit of flesh, they deserve all the twisted, bad things that result from that - and I guess they did. And who could deny Natalie Portman?
I hated Closer. I have never watched a film that the plot twists are so apparent yet takes for ever to happen. About four shifts take place based on relationships. So you sit there for about a 1/2 hour waiting for the completely evident shift to take place and then wait another 1/2 for the next plain as day shift. In between, it's blah blah blah blah blah.
This is . . . a very complicated movie. My final rating is based largely on the feeling I am left with now that it is over, a sort of quiet emptiness that comes to me from books far more often than movies. It is, in its way, a sign that there is something of value there. On the other hand, I don't think I really liked this movie. I contemplated just turning it off more than once. I'll probably never see it again; I'm only vaguely interested in seeing the original play.

Closer is the story of four deeply disturbed people, though how disturbed they are only gradually becomes clear. I don't think any of them are ever going to be happy, even though they're trying to be happy with each other. First Dan and Anna are together, then Dan and Alice while Anna and Larry are together, then Dan and Anna again while Anna and Larry are miserable, and so forth. The hows and the whys are tied into the fact that these people are not comfortable in their own skins, I think, and that very discomfort may be part of why I had a hard time with this film.

The only one who shows any outward manifestation of discomfort is Alice, who changes her hair like she changes her clothes. But these are scarred people, the lot of them. There is bitterness here, and anger, and sorrow, and all sorts of other emotions that we usually try to hide from others, and behind it both lust and uncertainty. And Alice manages, for the most part, to ride it like a wave.

I spent parts of the film being embarrassed for these people who didn't have the good sense to be embarrassed for themselves. (And not just because one of the trailers on the DVD is for Guess Who!) Each time there was a breakup, there was some level of humiliation and painful confrontation. I've been through that; most people have. And I, too, I think, spend a lot of time uncomfortable in my own skin. But my solution to it is to hide away, where as these people do stupid things involving other people. (I also really don't want a lecture from a dermatologist about what depressives are like, you know?)

There is one unalloyed good to this movie, and that is the song "The Blower's Daughter," by Damien Rice. Not only does the song include some of the obsessive tendencies that colour the movie itself, it's also a really good song, and Damien Rice has a really good voice.

Someone on IMDB wants to know if this is noir. It isn't. It's not noir; it's not neo-noir. It is dark, but that isn't at all the same thing. It's missing quite a few aspects of noir, such as a true femme fatale. The women here are both controlling and controlled, and that combination alone drops the film out of the noir category.
Closer (R) 10/10
2004
Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Written by: Patrick Marber

This is a film that is completely outdone in everyway with its great acting, writing, and direction. The film tells the story of four characters (Alice, Dan, Anna, and Larry) and how they try to find love, lust, themselves, and each other. From the opening of the film with the beautiful song "The Blower's Daughter" by Damien Rice, and the dark red huge title going across the black screen. The viewer knows that they are in for something new, darker, and different. Each character has their fawls and not one comes across as "good". The characters look for love but are not comfortable with themselves and end up messing things up. They also confuse "lust" for love. Natalie Portman as the ageless stripper Alice steals the show, her performance was amazing also Clive Owen also impresses.

Oscar Nominations:
Natalie Portman (Best Supporting Actress)
Clive Owen (Best Supporting Actor)
this movie sucked
Mike Nichols
well acted, intense drama about deception and betrayal.
A film about lies, sex, deception, and hope for love (or at least the sensation of what they think is love). The film is a depiction of the art of directing, Nicholas has done film on relationships before, however they showed people that knew each other with glaring detail, in Closer he has characters that know nothing of the other either because they care little or the other has been putting on a front the whole time to defend themselves. The film only shows how the four characters meet and leave each others lives and we are left to figure out whether we are seeing who they really are or if it is just a front for defense. Clive Owen plays the nastist of the punch, he almost seems to be only able to have pleasure by fucking with those around them and using sex as a means to do so. Julia Roberts plays a photographer that says she is not a theif but she is and that she just wants love but does not seem to know what it is and just goes to the one that pleases her the most at the moment. Jude Law plays his normal whiney and pathetic character and I have no sympathy for him since he has two women wanting him so much and allows people to use him and thus destorying all the love given to him. Portman plays a woman that is a lie and is the only one to seem forgivable for her actions. Portman and Owen bring the most intensity and craft to their parts and make this film so important worth while, they make their characters seem worthy of our time. They are brilliant, this film is the first true showing of how talented Portman is and why she should be watched and Owen has such grit and anger in him that I almost feel for him and wish to find what is hurtin so much (he sees the heart as a fist covered in blood). This is not to say Roberts or Law are bad, they are far from it (but they do not have the same strength it seems as the other two) but I hate Law (in general not in relation to the film), he is just annoying. Lastly, the script is fierce and never lets up, it gives me some of my favorite lines from film.
Although there have been movies structurally superior and given greater acclaim, Closer allows for an experience of truth in the peculiar interactions of humankind--one which we have and will all experience at one point in our lives.




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