The film Closer, a story of four people who meet by chance and experience painful love, was first told on the South Bank when Patrick Marberâ€™s play had its premiÃ¨re at the National Theatre in 1997.
As in the Bridget Jones films, the other locations where the characters fall in and out of love are just across the river in the City or Westminster.
Clive Owen was in the original cast where he played not Larry but Dan. He loved playing Dan but describes playing Larry as a â€śreal treatâ€ť due to Marber's dialogue.
Closer is Marber's first screenplay but, like his stage version, it is already has five Golden Globe nominations. The familiar locations add to the enjoyment and make up for any disappointment which may be felt by those who loved the play. But this is a film to see at the cinema as the advertised â€śvery strong language and sex referenceâ€ť will keep it off the television screens for some time.
• Closer (cert 15; 104 minutes) is on general release.
• Buy the script of Patrick Marber's play from Amazon.co.uk
• Download the Closer Movie Map showing London film location for the movie.