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Closet Land [VHS] (1991)

Madeleine Stowe , Alan Rickman , Radha Bharadwaj  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Madeleine Stowe, Alan Rickman
  • Directors: Radha Bharadwaj
  • Writers: Radha Bharadwaj
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Janet Meyers, Karen Koch, Ron Howard
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 12, 1991
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302135397
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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. In the form of a long dialogue between The Man and The Woman, The Man, through psychological and physical torture, attempts to get The Woman to confess. But The Woman endures, refusing to buckle under to The Man's relentless interrogation.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Closet Land February 16, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Oh, yes, the movie. This movie is very, very emotional. It's about a gvmt. interrogator who accuses a writer of children's books of putting political propoganda in her books. LOTS of madness ensues. There are only two people in this movie, Alan Rickman (Interrogator) and Madeline Stowe (Victim). The Interrogator tries to break the Victim into admitting that she's putting political stuff in her books throughout the whole movie. Now, this may sound like boring suff, but the script and the acting and the story is so superb that the one and a half hours actually goes by quickly, with the viewer wanting to watch more.
Alan Rickman does an Oscar caliber job as the Interrogator. At first, he's calm and "kind" to the Victim; soon, he starts to break down. The scene where the Interrogator pretends to be two people at once shows SHEER ACTING TALENT.
Madeline Stowe is equally good as the victim, and the monologue she does inside the closet toward the end of the film was so well done the viewer could visualize everything she was talking about, and it's as if you were there.
However, this movie is very disturbing, with scenes of violence, and references to rape and abuse. It's one intense ride from beginning to end. This is psychological drama to the max, and it's deeply though provoking, disturbing, and talent-filled.
Don't miss your chance to get this movie! Or else, you probably will never see it again, except on obscure websites, selling for fifty bucks. Which is still worth it, but take the chance to get it on Amazon... while you still can.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, Eye-opening, and Stimulating September 12, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this film with 3 guys of the terminator persuation. I asked them to try something different and see what they thought. If it Stank, we could always watch something mindless that explodes alot. We turned out the light and started the movie... Not a single peep from any of them until the end of the film. Suddenly, intellectual discussion spontaneously erupted from these otherwise shallow people...I was astounded. They found the movie enlightening and interesting and disturbing at the same time. Note: there are only two people in the entire film? This should have been on stage. Rickman was amazing and Stowe was a bright shining star.

Highly recommend as a change of pace...Topic is an adult one, I would say no children under 15.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Never Forget It! July 1, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this movie in the theatre when it came out in 1991. I was a senior in high school and was mezmorized and intrigued by the film. Two actors in basically one room through the entire film. I wasn't thrilled about my friends choice to go see it, however I walked away knowing I would never forget seeing this movie.
Worth five times the money to purchase it. It's not a film with a million budget so it will probably vanish in the near future. SAD because it is some of the best acting I've seen.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mineola (reviewer) should go back into the closet January 24, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a very powerful, moving and skillfully written and acted film. The above mentioned reviewer is most likely a product of the MTV generation of fast takes and shallow dialog. Often times movies that are panned by the 'common folk', are done so, because they watch movies for pure entertainment and have no appreciation for what goes into the craft of direction, dialog and overall film making.
This movie will not leave you with a 'good' feeling, but at least it will leave you with a profound impact.
No, it may not mirror true reality, but what film actually does completely.
I rented this movie years ago, (I do confess to wanting to see the lovely Madeline Stowe and the versatile actor Rickman) but was quickly absorbed into its depth and power.
Watch it in a quiet room with little distraction and I assure you; you will be moved.
and contrary to the earlier reviewers comments: I am not an actor, and I REALLY doubt the reviewer's belief in most of the viewers analysis of other reviewers. I give the film 5 stars to negate an otherwise insulting and innacurate portrayal of this wonderful movie.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars too powerful for mainstream June 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am an actor from the U.K. and had to rent a copy of this film whilst on holiday in L.A. to see it; since it's `release' in 1991 it has virtually vanished without trace! It has been performed as a play [adapted by Bharadwaj] both in the U.S. and U.K. - I saw a production last year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Though often pigeonholed as the snarling villain, Alan Rickman here produces work of real subtlety, allowing the audience to peer inside the interrogator as he peers into Madeline Stowe's prisoner; particulaly moving is the scene in which as the `resident witness' he describes himself to the prisoner in the third person. I got the feeling this is the interrogator's only release in the world he has found himself in. Stowe also gets a chance to shine - I suspect she has `risen' to films from much experience in the theatre; her monologue, which allows the camera to linger on her for two minutes, shows real power and sensitivity. A shame then, that this film was not `picked up' on release. In toning down the film or shifting locations Radha Bharadwaj may have made the film more accessible, and ultimately less powerful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still having nightmares January 18, 2006
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this incredibly intense movie is the thing of nightmares, both for the viewer and the character played by madeline stowe.

the only different slant i have to add from what other viewers have said is besides wanting to hate and fear Alan Rickman's character-i also think one has to also feel sorry for him.

what made him a child molester in the first place? was he really a college professor at one time? did the government "recruit" him as a torturer/interogator against his will? is he really being watched as he performs his "job" and what are the consequences to him if he disobeys? has he himself bee through some type of tortue and been "broken"? what is the meaning of the scene of him driving in the rain during a particularly intense part of the film-does he also have a "closet land" that he escapes to while performing inhuman acts of tortue? does he really regret all he is doing/has done or does it give him pleasure

only mr. rickman can inspire such conflicting feelings in us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars never mind
hard to know what to say. no problem with delivery or quality, but the movie wasn't what I remembered. still, that was what I wanted to check.
Published 2 months ago by william e. overton
5.0 out of 5 stars Closet Land
Excellent film concerning interrogation, do not recommend for the squeamish who may only view it as a film about abuse
Published 5 months ago by Ardvark
5.0 out of 5 stars So close of the reality
This film is another best for alan rickman, but olso for the cinema!! It can be anyway, il every countries, somewhere in the world, now or yesterday, or tommorow... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gracieux
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and Timely
I saw this movie many years ago. I think it is a brilliant film. Two actors, one room and it's magic--not the magic of childhood dreams come true but the dark magic of tragic... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kim Long
5.0 out of 5 stars true, hence access denied
No prizes for guessing why this incomparably scathing indictment of the real behavior of actual governments is wholly unavailable in any contemporary video format, and can only be... Read more
Published 13 months ago by video meliora proboque
5.0 out of 5 stars In my top ten list of movies.
"One of my top ten movies of all time, and there are only two characters. The lead, who is an author, is asked to sign a confession about planting seditious messages in her... Read more
Published 18 months ago by E. Muller
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and still Timely
Released 20 years ago, I am still moved by it, and it is HIGHLY applicable to the war on terror and current government approaches. Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by Lee Harrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Misled by not enough info.by Amazon
I had to return the video as it was NOT clear that the format of this DVD was in a FOREIGN FORMAT & not able to be used in the USA. I do not know what PAL format means. Read more
Published on May 20, 2010 by Robin Garloff
5.0 out of 5 stars Closet Land
This movie is fantastic on so many levels, I don't know where to begin. Alan Rickman plays an interrogator who inflicts mind games and torture on a children's book writer... Read more
Published on November 4, 2009 by Zia2
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how it feels
Another reviewer expressed confusion as to whether this film was about childhood sexual abuse or political torture. The answer is it's about both. Read more
Published on September 19, 2009 by Eden Rush
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Is this in English?
I realize yours is an old post be I'll answer it anyway, seeing as how no one else has. Yes the film is in English. It stars Alan Rickman ( Harry Potter, Sense And Sensibility, Die Hard, etc.) and Madeleine Stowe (whom you can currently see in Revenge on TV).
May 7, 2012 by Ms. Brentano |  See all 2 posts
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