Close My Eyes Reviews
The affair that is the central conflict on this film is interesting only in the sense that I spent most of the film wondering what drew these two siblings to each other in the first place. Their behavior before they begin fucking is quite unremarkable, a supportive brother, an adoring sister, with a mild sexual chemistry that inflames briefly and smolders. The mysterious nature of their sexuality is interesting and perhaps the center of what the film is saying about sex and love. The rest of the film's plotlines are haphazard and repetitive and rather trite ways the siblings hide their activities and resist their own desire. Most of the film is nothing you haven't seen before.
Overall, Close My Eyes begins with a good idea but fizzles to cliche.
I liked it though. Quite shocking, but it has a very original story. Came from a great movie idea.
I would argue that the film is pretentious and pointless, capturing a tiny piece of 80's London in a misguided love story disguise. Rickman also stars, as the rich man the sister marries, serving as the rich arrogant the pair get involved with. Socially it provides a minuscule insight into London living (and classes) and may appeal to Brit film fans but for me this outdated irreverent piece is just a back catalogue for the actors in it. Ludicrous and an excuse for nudity (losing the controversy of incest), the star of the show is arguably Owen's arse.
High notes -
Ac - Alan Rickman.