Closer is a 2004 film written by Patrick Marber, based on his Olivier Award- and Tony Award-winning play of the same name. It was directed by Mike Nichols and stars Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, and Jude Law in a story involving infidelity, intimacy and sacrifice.
Closer is the second play written by Patrick Marber. Set in contemporary London, it tells the story of four people in the "body business"http://www.albemarle-london.com/closer2.html (quoting a review in The Times) — Dan the obituary writer, Alice the stripper, Anna the photographer, and Larry the dermatologist — who over a period of years meet and fall in love. It has been described as a work that "gets under its audienceâ€™s skin, and ... not for the emotionally squeamish", a work in which "Marber is alert to the cruel inequalities of love, as the characters change partners in what sometimes comes over like a modern reworking of Cowardâ€™s Private Lives"http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?lid=2634.