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Closer

Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Silkwood, Angels in America) directs this rather glum romantic drama about two couples (Jude Law and Natalie Portman on the one side and Julia Roberts and Clive Owen on the other) who go through some mighty trying times when the guy from one couple meets and falls in love with the girl from the other couple. The cast is at their career best, but they're called upon to do some mighty nasty things to one another. This is not some lightweight Hollywood offering; it's strident and ugly and, at times, rather truthful. Julia Roberts fans will be shocked, that's for sure. Impressive, if not necessarily pleasant.