Terry Catchpole
August 16, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Closet Land

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
89 minutes
performer
Alan Rickman, Madeleine Stowe
director
Radha Bharadwaj
Producer
Brian Grazer
distributor
Universal
author
Radha Bharadwaj
genre
Drama, Horror

We gave it a B+

A fine performance by Alan Rickman, who’s earning acclaim as Robin Hood‘s Sheriff of Nottingham, is only one of the reasons to search out political horror story Closet Land, which disappeared quickly from theaters. Rickman plays an interrogator sent by his anonymous government to wring a confession from a children’s author (Madeleine Stowe) accused of weaving antistate polemics into her simple stories. While writer-director Radha Bharadwaj digs in allegorical territory mined by George Orwell, she has concocted a stylish totalitarian nightmare. It is given chilling reality by Rickman and Stowe. The only flaw is a wholly unnecessary ”explanatory” plot conclusion. B+

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