Try lying for a change, it’s the currency of the world.
– Dan, Closer (Mike Nichols, 2004)
It was strange to see Closer again, when I last saw the film in 2004. Then a year and a half ago, I helped out a friend who put on the play at The Storeroom in Fitzroy. I knew so much of the script and remembered so much of my friend’s staging that it was like returning to something that I once knew.
This film is amazing. It has so much power, because it deals with sex but doesn’t show it per se. It deals with people hurting each other but rarely reveals any reason why they do, does not justify actions with a little narrative closure. People lie to protect others, and themselves, and then break the lies to inflict pain, to hurt others. And lying, its true, really is the currency of the world. It’s the only way some people can get along. The only way politicians win favour.