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Two thirteen year-olds have always been incredibly close but they drift apart after the intimacy of their relationship is questioned by schoolmates. An emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing.

  • Starring: Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Émilie Dequenne

  • Director: Lukas Dhont

  • Writer: Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens

  • Running Time: 104 minutes

  • Certificate: 12A

  • Language: Dutch; Flemish

  • Genre: Drama

  • Country: Belgium, France, Netherlands

Academy Award Nominee for Best International Feature

“In place of the sentimentality that often comes with boyhood portraits, Dhont’s film renders a boyhood experience in thrillingly crisp, grown-up terms.” 
★★★★★ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

“An exceptional film of empathy and vision.”
★★★★★ Nicholas Barber,

“There’s no doubting the force of this drenchingly sad story.”
★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Despite a hugely harrowing storyline, Close somehow musters the strength to take care of its audience and leave us with something beautiful and brave.” 
★★★★ Ella Kemp, Empire Magazine

“To the pantheon of films about the pains of leaving childhood behind -- The 400 Blows, The Spirit of the Beehive, Rocks, The Go-Between, Boyhood et al -- we should find a spot for this beautiful elegy of lost innocence from Belgian director Lukas Dhont.”
★★★★ Philip De Semlyn, Time Out