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Close My Eyes (1991)

After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married. The relationship between Richard and Natalie proves dangerously obsessional. ... See full summary »

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Stephen Poliakoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Sinclair
Clive Owen ... Richard
Saskia Reeves ... Natalie Bryant
Karl Johnson ... Colin
Lesley Sharp ... Jessica
Kate Gartside ... Paula
Karen Knight Karen Knight ... Philippa
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Geof
Campbell Morrison Campbell Morrison ... Scotsman
Annie Hayes Annie Hayes ... Receptionist
Maxwell Hutcheon Maxwell Hutcheon ... Interviewee
Geraldine Somerville ... Natalie's Boss
Helen FitzGerald ... Scottish Girl
Christopher Barr Christopher Barr ... Noley
Gordon Salkilld Gordon Salkilld ... Hotel Porter
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Storyline

After some years of tension, Richard begins a sexual relationship with his sister Natalie, who is now married. The relationship between Richard and Natalie proves dangerously obsessional. Their private intensity (& working class origins) contrast with the middle-class, inhibited, stuffy public scenes we see in the Richmond world into which Natalie has moved with her marriage. As the guilt and intensity of the siblings increases we seem to be heading for disaster, especially when Natalie's husband Sinclair finds out. Written by Moray McConnachie <cerberus@ermine.ox.ac.uk>

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There are some relationships so taboo they're irresistible.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sensuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Com os Olhos Fechados See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$135,893
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Rickman gets top billing on the credits and on the poster, despite not getting nearly as much screentime as Clive Owen, possibly because Rickman was known more to international audiences, due to his roles in Die Hard (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Natalie and Richard are fighting on the country lane, there is a rip in the right shoulder of her jacket. When they get back to the party, the rip has gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Natalie: You're late.
Richard: Sorry, it was unavoidable, trains on Sunday, you know what they're like.
Natalie: Unavoidable? I don't believe it. I've eaten all the food.
Richard: You've eaten all the food? Now that's serious.
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Connections

References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream Fantasy
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Music by Roger Webb
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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How Can I Live Without You?
23 January 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

The subject of incest, between an adult man and his sister, will immediately put off many potential movie watchers, but for those not turned away easily, Close My Eyes succeeds as a sociological study, and should be commended for its hypnotic depiction of very difficult subject matter.

How many times have we seen, or imagined, an inappropriate flirtation from a woman, at a time when circumstances have left her emotionally distraught? That this flirtation of Natalie (Saskia Reeves) should find its way to her own younger brother Richard (Clive Owen) immediately jump starts the story into somewhat previously uncharted water.

Perhaps incest is a drug, not unlike and somewhere between alcohol and heroin, and certainly the intensity of the feelings, the desire, as portrayed between the two translates to us as such. It is this undeniable intensity that is the strength, perhaps the honesty of the film.

Alan Rickman, is brilliant, as usual, in a smallish role as Natalie's husband.


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