|CLOSE MY EYES (director/writer: Stephen Poliakoff; cinematographer: Witold Stok; editor: Michael Parkinson; music: Michael Gibbs; cast: Saskia Reeves (Natalie), Clive Owen (Richard), Alan Rickman (Sinclair), Karl Johnson (Colin), Lesley Sharp (Jessica), Kate Gartside (Paula), Karen Knight (Philippa), Niall Buggy (Geoff); Runtime: 109; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Therese Pickard; Film Four (Castle Hill); 1991-UK)|
drama about taboo love."
by Dennis Schwartz
The supporting cast includes Richard's boss Colin (Karl Johnson), who is dying from AIDS. Paula (Kate Garside) is the girl Richard meets in the hope she'll make him forget about his sister.
It's an observant humanistic arthouse film that aptly examines the anguish from having an incestuous love affair. The acting is first-rate, especially by Rickman, while the controversial story is intelligently presented. It relates the incest and AIDS to the moral decay in contemporary London at the onset of the 1990s.
REVIEWED ON 6/7/2016 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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