Closer

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Columbia Pictures presents a film directed by Mike Nichols. Written by Patrick Marber. Running time: 101 minutes. Rated R (for sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language).

 

Wow! This is a great movie. I know at times it seems that I hand that adjective out loosely, but loyal readers, I implore you to see this film.

 

This film was directed by a favorite and consistently talented man named Mike Nichols. Here’s just a few:

 

  1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  2. The (fucking) Graduate
  3. Carnal Knowledge
  4. Working Girl
  5. Birdcage
  6. Primary Colors
  7. What Planet are you From?
  8. Angels in America

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This is a film about love and relationships that reminded me instantly of another talented filmmaker, Neil LaBute. LaBute is recognizable for ridiculously scorching dialogue between male and female characters, who treat each other as if they were mortal enemies destined to make life hell for the other. These are often characters without emotions enough to care.

 

What is different about this film and incredibly honest is that these characters do care. This film takes the concept of love and shows several characters falling into it like a trap door under their feet. Once caged in their pit of love the characters fall in love with yet another person. All our lives we are taught to love one person and marry them and live happily ever after, but at the same time we are also taught that to love is the most important thing to live for on this planet. Wouldn’t it make sense to do this as often as possible? That is exactly the trouble that these four characters get into. This film is smart and honest and bone crushingly heart breaking. The performances by Roberts, Law, Portman and Owen are beaming incarnations of each one of these characters. Owen was the only one of these cast members to have performed this brilliant work on stage, but each one of them are pitch perfect in their delivery and emotion. And though I wasn’t thinking about it at the time, due to amazing dialogue and performance, the camera placing and lighting were right on the mark. This was an incredibly beautiful film to look at.

 

This is one of the best films of the year and one of the best scripts of the year and four of the best performances I’ve seen this year. The only problem is that I’ve loved several other films this year and am now having problems deciding which one of them I want to be with.

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~ by fumikaelson on December 13, 2004.

One Response to “Closer”

  1. Seeing this movie was a reminder of how I hate relationship. It is an amazing piece of human emotions. Love, it is a funny thing. Having someone to fall back on. Having the that of being loved… This movie does a fantasic job of showing WOMEN CAN NOT LOVE…

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