Watch Close (2022) Online: “Close” is Belgium’s official entry for the “Best International Feature Film” category for the upcoming 95th Academy Awards, which is going to be held on March 12, 2023. Director Lukas Dhont is helming the coming-of-age drama.
Dhont, who has featured in the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 European lists in the year 2019, has previously directed the film “Girl” about a trans woman’s dream of being a ballerina. It also happens to be the director’s debut; the film was received warmly by the critics and ended up winning numerous awards, such as the best first film and the queer palm (which is primarily given to LGBTQ-centered cinema) at the Cannes Film Festival. Unsurprisingly, it was also chosen as Belgium’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language film category (which is now known as the best international feature). However, it didn’t make the final cut.
Screenwriter Angelo Tijssens, who previously worked with Dhont in “Girl,” is back to co-write “Close” with him again. As per the official synopsis of the film, “Close” is the story of two thirteen-year-old boys, Léo and Rémi, and their innocent intimacy during one summer holiday, which eventually gets questioned by their contemporaries in school, resulting in Léo attempting to distance himself from his best friend.
After premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on May 26, 2022, where it competed for the Palme D’or of, “Close” took home the Grand Pix prize, which happens to be the second most prestigious prize after the Palme D’or at the festival. The film further won the Sydney Film Prize when it was screened at the Sydney Film Festival 2022.
Just like Dhont’s previous work, “Close” has also been received very well by the critics; if its 91% approval score based on 46 reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes website is considered. For tenderly handling the subject and being powerfully moving, “Close” has been loved by mostly everyone who has managed to see it.
Eden Dambrine and Gustav de Waele have been cast as the leads, Léo and Rémi. “Close” is both of their first movies. Along with these two, popular Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne, who is known for her award-winning performance in the 1999 film Rosetta, actress Léa Drucker and actor Kevin Janssens have been cast in major supporting roles.
WHERE TO WATCH AND STREAM CLOSE ONLINE?
Close has more than one distributor. Diaphana distribution company handled its release on November 1, 2022, in France, while Lumière dealt with the same on November 2, 2022, in Benelux. A24 Studios will release the film in the United States on January 27, 2023.
If you are looking forward to streaming it online, you need to have a Mubi subscription, as the OTT platform has grabbed the distribution rights for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America region, Turkey, and India. In the United States, it will most likely be available in the A24 streaming service, which is currently under trial.