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Close My Eyes [DVD]

Alan Rickman , Clive Owen , Stephen Poliakoff    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alan Rickman, Clive Owen, Saskia Reeves, Karl Johnson, Leslie Sharp
  • Directors: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Producers: Theresa Pickard
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 27 July 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00206U62O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Children of a broken marriage, Richard (Clive Owen) and his sister Natalie (Saskia Reeves) meet up after years apart and embark on a forbidden and illicit affair. Against the backdrop of a glorious British summer, their relationship intensifies as they struggle to accept the aftermath of their actions. Richard becomes gripped with infatuation for his sister and matters come to a head when Natalie’s husband Sinclair (Alan Rickman) suspects that his wife is having an affair, little knowing that the lover he is so jealous of is his wife’s own brother.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Set in Great Britain in the late 1980s -- in the midst of Margaret Thatcher's controversial tenure as Prime Minister -- this drama examines the strange relationship between two siblings. Richard (Clive Owen) has given up a well-paying job in the private sector to take a position with a government agency that oversees real estate development. While Richard has always been emotionally secure and well-adjusted, his sister Natalie (Saskia Reeves) is nervous and unsure of how to deal with her life, even after marrying Sinclair (Alan Rickman), a successful financial analyst who can afford a posh home on the River Thames. Natalie and Richard don't see each other often, and their relationship has long had an odd cast to it, as Natalie often seems to flirt with her brother. One day, Richard meets Natalie and Sinclair over lunch, and Richard finds himself strongly attracted to his sister. In time, a mutual interest evolves into a full-blown affair. Natalie realizes that this sort of relationship can't go on and tries to break it off with Richard, but he becomes irrational, attempting suicide and threatening violence. While dealing openly with the sexual nature of its story, Close My Eyes also uses its theme as a metaphor for moral and political irresponsibility. ...Close My Eyes

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden Passion 17 Mar 2009
Atmospheric yet strangely detached British film about an adult brother and sister who, after several years of separation, embark on an illicit sexual affair one summer. Natalie (Saskia Reeves) has always felt in the shadow of her younger, more self-confident, successful sibling Richard (Clive Owen) and is bored in her marriage to the rich, eccentric, upper-class Sinclair (Alan Rickman- who provides welcome comic relief in an otherwise quite serious and brooding film). At first the siblings reignite the friendship they lost when they were separated, but their physical attraction is obvious and Natalie begins to instigate a full-blown affair. The last two thirds of the film deal with the emotional fallout as Richard starts to be become obsessed with his sister, and the balance of power in their relationship shifts.

Poliakoff's film deserves credit for its serious, adult approach to a difficult subject. It's also well-photographed and has a subtext about the cold urban redevelopment of London and the stiff conformity of modern life, from which the lovers are, in part, escaping. However, for me, the script (also by Poliakoff) fails to really get to the bottom of the relationship, and its attempt to be something more than a psychosexual drama falls a bit short. Clive Owen is good in an early role, and the whole film looks good visually, but I just felt something was missing, and the climax is something of a cop-out.

There are some blistering sex scenes, which show the incestuous affair in all its shocking glory, and some nice bits of humour to level things out, but overall the script just doesn't do the subject justice. Still, it's one of the better, more realistic films to have tackled incest and a good British film of its era.

This DVD reissue has interviews with the director and members of the cast, which are thorough and interesting.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've eaten all the food 9 July 2004
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One of my favourite films. I loved it when it first came out and couldn't wait to buy it on DVD. I wasn't disappointed. It was just as good as I remembered. Great performances, beautifully filmed and set during a hot, hot summer. Also there are good interviews with the cast.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English cinema at its best 3 Nov 2006
By Ralph
This is an overlooked gem of British cinema. Perhaps thanks to its controversial plot it is branded controversial and yet it is a thoughtful and thought provoking film as well as being a master class in cinematography : London has never looked so good.

The atmosphere of late 1980s / early 1990s Britain is, for better or for worse, captured perfectly by Poliakoff's film and his three leads are uniformly superb. Rickman who, having read the original script, was an odd choice for Sinclair is as compelling as ever while Saskia Reeves and Clive Owen are brilliantly convincing. The supporting cast - especially Karl Johnson - is excellent as well.

In retrospect the plot is fantastically prescient and the added attraction for anyone who has worked in or knows the City of London is the choice of locations (Broadgate Centre, Finsbury Circus, the Docklands, etc).

There are very early examples of Poliakoff's quirky cinematic trademarks (the opening scene of the punks on the bowling green with the little girl, the later brief scene of the down and out in Broadgate Circus drinking the dregs of wine from abandoned glasses) and the incidental music achieves the rare feat of adding to and not detracting from the film's ambience.

For those of us who have been disappointed by his recent work this is a reminder of what Poliakoff can produce.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great film to stumble across. I watched it recently to see Clive Owen (having seen his performance in "Closer") and was very pleased with what I found. The plot, direction, casting and acting is first rate. The subject is risque however and as a result, the film was a flop when it was released. However, time has been very kind to it. What almost steals the show are the location shots themselves. England has never looked so beautiful. Stunning shots of the countryside, country houses and villages during a wonderfully hot summer are great. For historical reasons, the vast amount of footage in the Docklands and east London are brilliant too as it shows the area being developed at the beginning of the 90s. For those people living in the area now, it will be a very interesting record.
Effort should be made to go out of your way to see this.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful drama 30 Oct 2006
I was so pleasantly surprised to find "Close my eyes" a gorgeous, gripping movie. The performances of the three leads are superb and very natural, and the scenery and cinematography is a real treat for the eyes.

The script was so good that I looked in vain everywhere to see if there was a book to buy as well.

I loved it so much that I bought the DVD after i bought the VHS.

This is the kind of movie that stays with you after you see it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close My Eyes, by Stephen Poliakoff 23 Sep 2004
Upon reading the synopsis for this film, I thought, another "Cement Garden." The stories are quite similar, but both handle the delicate and sensitive subject of interest with different yet both superb ways.
Close My Eyes has a more mature cast, and whether or not this leads to a less horrified reaction, it certainly leads to an intriguing plot and proves the point that falling in love is something we cannot control. This story is treated with an intensity so great, you will be gripped to your seat until the very end, and will still want more then too...
The cast are great, Alan Rickman is his usual superb self, and Saskia Reeves and Clive Owen bring an onscreen spark between them that could almost be real.
I highly recommend this to any real film fan, it is a must see!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Didnt like this film or the actors.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Green.
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Moving performances from all. The civilised reaction from Alan Rickman's character, to finding out about his wife's indiscretion, is unusual, but well portrayed.
Published 5 months ago by FRIEDA MORRISON
4.0 out of 5 stars I ate all the food...(spoilers)
After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie.

Now married, the relationship proves dangerously obsessional. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hot British Summer
I suppose this brother/sister relationship it's a difficult subject to cover. I found neither of these characters likeable. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J A Perrin
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever story dealing with a taboo subject sensitively.
Fantastic acting by all three of the main protagonists. An unusual and upbeat ending.
Poliakov shows once again why he is one of our foremost writer/directors.
Published 10 months ago by Christopher P. Stubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
thoroughly enjoyed this dvd . would recommend to anyone . will b ordering more very soon. hope to receive more like same
Published 12 months ago by martin
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
With a story like this this film could have been fascinating and was just boring ...even Clive Owen was !
Published 13 months ago by Isabelle PASCHETTA
2.0 out of 5 stars terrible sound quality
It was very hard to follow the film because the music was louder than the dialogue. Towards the end of the film it seemed better but overall the characters were impossible to hear... Read more
Published 14 months ago by christine - Essex
5.0 out of 5 stars Of it's time and still enthralling
I have to confess that there is not much of Stephen Poliakoff's work that I wouldn't rave about- I love the way he weaves layers of acutely observed human life into wonderful... Read more
Published 14 months ago by MissAmanda
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of British
Every so often, the British do a fantastic drama, and this is undoubtedly one of them. We are treated to the once-lovely Saskia Reeves,(sorry, Ms Reeves) hunky Clive Owen, and Alan... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. P. Johnson
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