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      PG-13 Released Dec 2, 2022 1h 45m Drama List
      91% Tomatometer 154 Reviews 88% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Leo and Remi are two thirteen-year-old best friends, whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont's second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      So moving for a majority of its runtime that not even a manipulative ending can ruin the experience, Close is a tender and powerfully acted look at childhood innocence lost.

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      Daphne Merkin The New Republic [It] not only invokes a common theme but represents an increasingly rare cinematic foray into the sort of complex and intentionally ambiguous material that may not play well at the box office but lingers with the viewer... Mar 16, 2023 Full Review Mark Kermode Observer (UK) Builds upon the promise of 2018’s Girl, confirming Dhont as a deft and empathetic chronicler of the tumultuous anguish and ecstasy of adolescence. Rated: 4/5 Mar 5, 2023 Full Review Kevin Maher Times (UK) An authentic study of loss, buttressed by two extraordinary child actors, and complemented by a handful of impeccable adult players, most notably Émilie Dequenne... Rated: 4/5 Mar 4, 2023 Full Review Nicolás Medina Montevideo Portal / Latido Beat The film deals with a level of intimacy, care and a subtle camera accompanying two young actors who really bring it all, with themes varying from innocence, bullying, friendship as first love, to guilt and grief. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 8/10 Dec 19, 2023 Full Review Jason Blake Limelight Utterly gripping and wrenchingly sad. Rated: 4.5/5 Dec 8, 2023 Full Review Damon Wise Deadline Hollywood Daily Is Close the little film that could? On the bright side, it just very well might be. Sep 16, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Debra O An engaging & heartbreaking tale about the friendship between two young boys as they become Teens. Innocence and budding sexuality leads to confusion an unspoken rejection resulting in a terrible tragedy. The characters are genuine, the cinematography gorgeous and the story unbearable. Minimal dialog. Subtitled. A beautiful slowly unfolding foreign film leaving many unanswered questions at the end. Tissues required. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/17/23 Full Review Jaime R a devastating look into adolescent social status, friendship, and loss Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/03/23 Full Review Casey C Terribly sad, but not just for the obvious reasons. I’m not sure what the director intended, but I read the film as an allegory for a singular individual’s experience, told through two characters. The loss of part of one’s self will forever remain partially in memory, but it will never come back to life again. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/02/23 Full Review Google U An incredible film and one of the very best of the year, featuring some of the best cinematography of the year. Newcomers Eden Dambrine and Gustav De Waele give beautifully natural performances. Dambrine is a tour-de-fource and De Waele broke my heart. Émilie Dequenne is also great in her supporting turn. A shame she didn't get any awards attention. I didn't know this movie was going to go where it did. I only knew the basic storyline. It was an absolute gut-punch. I was in tears the majority of this film. Director Lukas Dhont is able to effectively establish a really beautiful friendship early on and in a relatively short period of time. As a viewer we are just as devastated by the loss of that friendship as if we had already watched an entire movie about these characters. This film is going to stay with me for a while. I drove a couple hours twice so I could see it a couple times. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/09/23 Full Review Oscar Joel A truly devastating story that implores you to fight back against ridiculous rules of intimacy we allow to exist through our inaction. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/02/23 Full Review James L This film was not what I expected. However, it was one of the most powerful films I have seen recently. I was very glad I saw it.The acting by the young boys was outstanding Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/02/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Leo and Remi are two thirteen-year-old best friends, whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont's second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing.
      Director
      Lukas Dhont
      Producer
      Michiel Dhont, Dirk Impens
      Screenwriter
      Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
      Distributor
      A24
      Production Co
      Topkapi Films, Menuet Producties, Diaphana Films, Versus Production
      Rating
      PG-13 (Suicide|Brief Strong Language|Thematic Material)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 2, 2022, Limited
      Runtime
      1h 45m
      Aspect Ratio
      1.66:1
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