58th Chicago International Film Festival: Close Review

In life, having friends is essential. Friends are for connection. They are also the ones that can be talk to in times of sadness. Close is about friendship. Close displays a strong bond between two close friends. It does so with empathy, encouragement, and moments of disconnect.

Director Lukas Dhont is surreal with the friendship emotions in Close. There is good times and bad times between the two friends in the film. Also, there are intriguing behaviors that are startling. Despite the emotional aspects, Close is a poetic drama that is visually spectacle.

I will now elaborate on the plot of Close. The film gears on two teen boys. They are Leo (played by Eden Dambrine) and Remi (played by Gustav De Waele). They are two friends that are as close as brothers. Once school begins for Leo and Remi, they both start to drift apart. Remi starts to struggle with depression. This causes Remi to commit suicide. With Leo heartbroken and suffering the loss of his friend, he feels he is the reason why Remi decided to end his life.

Leo is determined to take responsibility for what happened to Remi. His determination is powerful as is the emotions of Remi’s death. Close is a portrait of one boy seeking to do what is right after losing one friend that meant the world to him. Close is a masterpiece of realism and sympathy. It will take viewers breath away.

As Leo suffers, Close reminds its viewers that words or actions truly can hurt. Leo feels his choices with Remi were wrong. As the fun times from the past with Remi enter Leo’s mind, it makes him think back to his errors. Leo is not a bad person. Leo is just a human-being, and Remi was having mental health issues. Leo is the one that drives the powerful force of acting for the death of Remi.

Close will make viewers cry. Close will shine with uplifting realizations. Close is a masterpiece. It is one of the best films of the year. It is also one of the most realistic portraits of life that I have seen in a long time. It will remind us of how the choices we make can have consequences. It will also remind us how we can help others. Despite what happened to Leo’s friend, there is still good he can do for the world. Four stars for Close.


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