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  • Actors: Madeleine Stowe, Alan Rickman
  • Directors: Radha Bharadwaj
  • Writers: Radha Bharadwaj
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Janet Meyers, Karen Koch, Ron Howard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: S.A.V.
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug. 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8RGNM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,858 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: There are a handful of famous torture sequences in movies: Laurence Olivier performing unwanted dental work on Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man, Michael Madsen mutilating the cop in Reservoir Dogs, and Mel Gibson on the rack at the end of Braveheart, to name just three. Closet Land is unique because it takes torture as its entire setting. Unremittingly bleak and oppressive, Radha Bharadwaj's film assaults the senses and the mind. Shot on a single, sparse set in a style that recalls German Expressionism, there is nothing to divert one's attention from the horrific interrogation. The most atrocious acts of physical violence occur off-screen, although the screams and sobs that result from them are quite audible. Torture is the milieu, but not the theme of the film. The lighting, art direction, and the fact that the only two characters are nameless all underscore the fact that Closet Land is an allegory for oppression anywhere. This is a remarkably unpleasant film to endure, which is the point - the filmmakers harrowingly communicate that all oppression and torture are horrific. The biggest complaint that can be levied toward the film is that the audience knew this before they entered the theater. The ambiguous ending is similar to Brazil, allowing viewers to decide for themselves if retreating into the mind is escape or defeat.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: San Sebastian International Film Festival, ...Closet Land

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Watson on 3 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
This film is notionally about two characters - "The Man" and "The Woman". She, a writer of children's books has been arrested and he, representing some fictional (?) future (?) unnamed state, tries to get her to admit that her "children's" books are actually attempts to influence the minds of children against the state. The whole film takes place in one surreal room, as the man attempts to break the will of the woman via psychological and physical torture. The actual physical torture (like the ripping off of toenails) is off-screen, but is as unpleasant as one might expect. Imagine a single film representing Winston's descent at the end of 1984 and you pretty much have it.

This is a rather disturbing film, superbly acted by two first rate actors (they are the only characters), but it has neither a happy ending nor a conclusion. You, the viewer, are left to determine whether she wins or the state wins.

One might suggest that it raises important questions re. the actions of a state vs. individuals (torture of citizens in order to admit some guilt - actual or otherwise), but then we all knew that that takes place.

Not one for a little light-hearted viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wychdoctor on 13 Sept. 2010
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The story of how something as innocent as writing a stories for children can be interpreted as being subversive by an authoritarian government and result in the author's arrest, interrogation and torture (largely physchological). Well acted within an almost surreal and disorientating set I started out by naively thinking the plot was a bit far fetched, but now realise that such things have happened elsewhere and most certainly could happen here (if they haven't already!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Astrid G. on 15 April 2013
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Hardly did a film come to my senses more than this one. Had a sleepless night after the first view but this shows the sensitiveness the film was made with. I would hope that many people see this film and get involved ...
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After years of only owning the "not-to-be-sold" promo video of "Closetland," I was thrilled to finally find it on DVD. And I didn't even mind the fact that it has subtitles (I am still not clear on why it has them, however it is better than what I had). The one thing that was something of a bummer is that it is a "region 2" DVD so it doesn't play in my current DVD player. It does play on my laptop however I have to change regions to play it and apparently there is a limited number of times one can change their region (or at least that is what the dialogue box tells me!). All that aside, THANK YOU for releasing this film on DVD. It is brilliant.
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