Natalie Portman in Closer

Natalie Portman in Closer

There is a highly charged scene in Closer, the play and the movie, when Alice (on screen Natalie Portman) strips for Larry (on screen Clive Owen) in a nightclub. Perhaps more than anything else he wants to know her real name. She tells him, ‘It’s Jane.’ Over and over, but he does not believe her. That scene reminds of fiction: also a show, a stripping, a breaking open, where everything is a performance and the greatest truth veils itself behind a lie. No matter how uncertainty blinds you, ‘It’s still Jane.’

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