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A witty, romantic, and very dangerous love story about chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals. A critically acclaimed look at four strangers - with one thing in common: each other.


Studio Sony
SKU 40708600
UPC 043396048478
UPC 14 00043396048478
Format DVD
Release Date 4/25/2006
Rating Rating
London, England
Love Affairs
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Are humans meant to mate for life? What drives someone in a perfectly good relationship to cheat and risk losing the one that they love and that loves them? Is it possible to love more than one person at the same time? How well does anyone really know the one that they love? Directed by Mike Nichols (THE GRADUATE, BIRDCAGE, WORKING GIRL), CLOSER questions the nature of relationships and fidelity as it follows the tangled web created by Dan (Jude Law), Alice (Natalie Portman), Anna (Julia Roberts), and Larry (Clive Owen). Dan, a British writer of obituaries, and Alice, a young American stripper, meet in the film's opening scene when a London cab runs her down. Cut to a year later: Dan and Alice are now a couple, but he is suddenly smitten with Anna, a beautiful American photographer. In an ironic twist of fate, Anna meets Larry, a British doctor, and they are soon a couple, despite Dan's continuing obsession. But the entanglements don't end there, and ultimately, someone is sure to get hurt. The four players do justice to a script that is humorous, raw and disarmingly honest about adult relationships.
New York Times "The verbal intercourse that dominates that scene and every other in the film is vigorous, compulsive, sometimes painful and occasionally funny." p.E1
USA Today "All the actors do fine work, but Owen's quixotic and brooding quality is particularly effective here." 12/03/2004 p.8E
Rolling Stone "[T]he haunting, hypnotic CLOSER vibrates with eroticism, bruising laughs and dynamite performances from four attractive actors doing decidedly unattractive things." 12/09/2004 p.189
Entertainment Weekly "The place, the costumes, the staging of sexual provocation and betrayal are refined studies in luxurious understatement." 12/10/2004 p.63-4
Film Comment "[Portman is] the film's most enigmatic character..." 01/01/2005 p.72
Uncut "[T]his is an engrossing, anti-romantic movie about that bloody fist of an organ, the human heart." 02/01/2005 p.99
Chicago Sun-Times "They are all so very articulate, which is refreshing..." 12/03/2004 p.27
Sight and Sound "[The performances] are strong and display a readiness to engage in the ugliness of the parts. Julia Roberts is refreshingly understated." 02/01/2005 p.45-7
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "A faithful screen adaptation of Patrick Marber's play....It's witty and well performed..." 12/01/2007 p.85
Mike Nichols
Jude Law
Julia Roberts
Natalie Portman
Clive Owen
Cast & Crew
Clive Owen - Actor
Colin Stinton - Actor
John Bloom - Editor
Jude Law - Actor
Julia Roberts - Actor
Mike Nichols - Director
Mike Nichols - Producer
Natalie Portman - Actor
Nick Hobbs - Actor
Patrick Marber - Based On Play By
Robert Fox - Executive Producer
Stephen Goldblatt - Cinematographer
Tim Hatley - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 04847
UPC 00043396048478
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Oscar (2005) Clive Owen, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,Natalie Portman, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (2005) Clive Owen, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Natalie Portman, Winner, Best Supporting Actress,Mike Nichols, Nominee, Best Director
British Academy Awards (2005) Clive Owen, Winner, Best Supporting Actor
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Portman, in what has been called her first truly adult role (it's certainly nowhere close to Quee
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review What is unique about "Closer," making it seem right for these insincere times, is that the character
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Portman,Natalie
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs way up.

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