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Closet Land (1991)


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Critic Reviews: 3
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Indian-born, American-educated director Radha Bharadwaj based her allegorical thriller on the work of her husband with Amnesty International. The story concerns The Woman (Madeleine Stowe), a children's book writer who, in an unspecified country, is abducted from her bed in the middle of the night and imprisoned for writing subversive literature. She declares her books to be pure fantasies, but her well-dressed inquisitor The Man (Alan Rickman) sees the books as allegorical attacks on the State.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Sep 12, 1991

Media Home Entertainment

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (5)

Plumbs the totalitarian mind

July 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Strong performances by Rickman and Stowe, yet the film (about torture) fails to engage on a visceral level

May 12, 2003

Rickman and Stowe add a lot to this fascinating little mind-bender.

July 26, 2002

Audience Reviews for Closet Land

A brilliant movie, you'll be astounded that there were only two actors in the entire film. Rickman's best performance ever! I loved this movie. The story is a bit far fetched, but it's sorta surreal too. I highly recommend this movie.
April 29, 2011

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Sadistic!Rickman porn brought to you by Amnesty International!

Really brilliant, but by no means a fun or a light film to watch because of some of the scenes (not because of what it shown, but what it left unshown) and the underlying message.
August 22, 2007

Super Reviewer

Some interesting mind games between Rickman and Stowe with some actual interrogation/torture techniques make this intriguing.
July 9, 2008

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed every minute of this, even though Rickman is a very bad man. (Maybe that is why I liked this film). It is definitely not for the normal people out there. Very twisted.
August 30, 2007

Super Reviewer

    1. Interrogator: We're gonna have a barbecue, okay?
    – Submitted by Stacy B (2 years ago)
    1. Interrogator: While we're on the subject, here comes a candle to light you to bed, here comes a chopper to chop off your head!
    – Submitted by Stacy B (2 years ago)
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