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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.


Mike Nichols


Patrick Marber (play), Patrick Marber (screenplay)
1,304 ( 414)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 22 wins & 48 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Love is an accident... waiting to happen. Desire is a stranger... you think you know. Intimacy is a lie... we tell ourselves. Truth is a game... you play to win. 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


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 »


At the strip club when Larry is in the Paradise Suite with Alice, he asks her if she has ever desired a customer. In one shot she is standing but in the next, she is kneeling on the platform. See more »


[first lines]
Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »


Non v'e piu tempo, anici
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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Rabidly Romantically Unromantic Story about Love and Other Human Frailties
23 March 2020 | by Her-ExcellencySee all my reviews

Because Closer is, in a way, like sneaking a peek behind the closed doors of people we know, or more so, like looking in a mirror when we are at our most base and humanly human, some people seem to be viscerally turned off by it, as is apparent by a few of its more negative reviews.

To me, the very fact that it opens the door to such "voyeurism", if you will, is part of its deep emotional appeal.

Who among us can say we have never been tempted to be lured away from what we believe is love, by what we momentarily believe to be love? In closer, however these moments go beyond temptation, into lies, deceit, infidelity, misery, painful truths, abandonment, tears and suffering. "Love", in Closer, is shown to be against everything we've been taught to believe it should be, such as: honest/truthful, enduring, constant ... and faithful.

In short, it is a rabidly anti-romantic film, where, unbelievably, somewhere within each of these broken, self-serving, selfish, emotionally-underdeveloped people, brilliantly played by Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Ovens and Natalie Portman, we find beauty, and in the end, a deep satisfaction upon seeing that love of self can lead to release and rebirth.

It had been a while since I watched this, and I am happy to say that I loved it this time around as much as the first time I laid eyes on it. And isn't that the mark of real love? That it endures?

Closer, is one of my favorite films.


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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures





Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,707,972, 5 December 2004

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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