Closet Land

Synopsis: A young writer is interrogated by a sadistic secret policeman. She is accused of embedding political messages in her children's stories. The entire movie takes place in one room, with only the two actors. The movie is set in an unidentified, modern police state.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Radha Bharadwaj
Production: Media Home Entertainment
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

Quteme the band, please.

Quteme the band, please.

Not yet.

Where are you taking me?

- Where are you taking me?

- Shut up!


Tell me if you need anything else.

I'm leaving in 10 minutes.

Let's see ...

I think I have it all.

Where am I?


Who are you?

"I can talk

the commanding officer?


Where are we?

On your right.

Conversely, his vice and my versa.

Vice Versa.

Please quteme the band

and wives.

Call my lawyer.

They took me out of bed ...

Do not worry.

We will investigate.

No longer need you more.

Go straight to the point,

I'm sick of this sh*t.

Bonne nuit''.''


Do they also have gone?

I'm here, at his side.

Have I scared?


A second.

I'll light the lights.

Let's take this band.

How much time do I have here?

What day is today?

The next day.

One night.

I was brought here last night.

I think it was last night.

Sometimes they seem ...

- Two nights or two weeks.

- No.

They brought it last night.

You are in charge.

They came to my house

when I was in bed.

One pointed a gun.

The other blindfolded and gagged me.

I crawled out of my house.

On the way here, I was slapped,

I spat ...

I stretched hair,

I twisted the arms ...

squeezed my legs

and left me in a narrow room ...

was not greater

a closet.

They had no warrant.

I have been denied

the right to a lawyer.

Why am I here?

He says he is a writer

children's literature.

Do you write anything else?

Like what?

- Policy, for example.

- No.

- Do not understand politics.

- Okay.

It is better to have no ideas

to have them halfway.

So do not belong

to any clandestine group.


- Are your stories politicized?

- I write for children 7 and 8.

Well, children are best

receptacles propaganda.

You can do whatever you want,

whenever you play with him.

- Who said that?

- Bismarck.

This is ridiculous.

Well ...

may have committed


It does not happen often

but sometimes ...

if you go drinking,

may err on the street.

"The wrong street?

My sincerest apologies.

You can go.

Maybe I should wait

formal apology.

What is it?

Let the boss

apologize for our failure.

How long will it take?


Do I have questioned

like a criminal ...

knowing that I was

an apology?

This is the procedure.

You can never be sure.

I insist.

I'm already used to.

The last time I saw

was two years ago, I think.

Signed autographs at the bookstore

the Third Street ...


I do not want to talk.

Do you think your apology


I will file charges,

especially against him.

What is going to present what

against whom?

I said that I ...

I will denounce him.

The other. I have not seen

but I know his voice.

- How sound like?

- A clogged pipe.

A man with a voice ...

stuck pipe.

What did?

Does the violation?


Only has cherished



Is rare.

Our prisoners

do not complain about that.

Men do not do that.

They are professional.

No lie.

- Sure. Maybe I imagined.

- No.

One day in jail

and says it takes two weeks.

- Why write well? Lmaginacin.

- No, I have left marks ...

"I can see them?

I see a physician.

All right.

Do not worry.

We will investigate.

"More soup?

Have some rum.

Does get warm.

How long

to get the letter?

- What letter?

- The dis ...

- The official apology.

- Oh, that.

- Is he all the time?

- Yes

- What do you play?

- I'm not playing.

- It has made me wait.

- Re-imagine things.

You want to wait.

Did not I tell I had it?

This is a mess.

"Soldiers drunk?

Official "hallucinating?

You should be careful

what you say.

The walls have ears.

Open the door!

I have a letter of apology!

Open up!

Better be cherished.

Can take a long time

before leaving.

I have to call my lawyer.

What is that?

Why was not

when he had the chance?

You can not call or his attorney,

or anyone from the outside.

You must trust us.

I'm just a piece

a powerful mechanism ...

you too, but together

we seek the truth.

The help to the extent

they can ...

but you support the weight

of responsibility.

Deliberate deception

not be tolerated ...

although I find

their lies charming.

Unintentional errors

be treated with kindness ...

and must rely on my ration

of firmness and kindness.

Their hopes should focus

to depersonalize this ...

and do not see me as an aggressor

or suffer as a victim.

Remember that the two

seek the truth ...

and I am your friend

in this search ...

their philosopher and guide.

Learn to fly''...''

Triumph of the Treasury''''...

The''green-winged cat''...

Highly politicized, right?

No, you're right.

Are harmless.

I already said,

is making a mistake.

No, this is not possible.

Are you infallible?

I, personally, no.


not looking good.

There can not be arrested

for nothing.

Is it going to invent something

to justify my arrest?


I have not yet published.

Where did you get it?

They searched my house, right?

- Tell me what's going on.

- Why do not you read?

It is interesting to hear writers

talk about their work.

- Hidden Meanings ...

- In children's literature ...

have to be direct,

no hidden meanings.

Children are very subtle.

My stories are harmless


There are deeper

a cotton candy.

Have you destroyed my home?

Do not worry.

All right.

Even cleaned

before leaving.

And there was some blood

in the water.

- Do you have your period?

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Radha Bharadwaj

Radha Bharadwaj is an Indian filmmaker, film producer and screenwriter. She moved to the United States in her late teens to study film. Bharadwaj's screenwriting and directing feature debut is Closet Land. The surreal psychological drama was released by Universal Pictures in 1991, making Radha Bharadwaj the first director of Indian descent to have a film released by a major Hollywood studio. Closet Land stars Alan Rickman and Madeleine Stowe. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer produced the feature. The screenplay for Closet Land won the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, among others.Bharadwaj's second feature was the 1998 Victorian gothic mystery, Basil. The period thriller, set in the United Kingdom, stars Derek Jacobi, Christian Slater, Jared Leto and Claire Forlani. The director's cut for Basil was twice selected to be the closing night film for the Special Presentation series at the Toronto International Film Festival, and chosen for a prime slot at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film was also acclaimed at the American Film Market. Bharadwaj is currently working on new projects. more…

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