In the 2004 film Closer, every affair between two people always has a scene alluding to it, except the one between Larry (Clive Owen) and Alice (Natalie Portman). She is only shown stripping in front of him. Larry claims that he slept with her, and Alice also accepts it after being pestered about it. However, Larry could have lied about it just to screw with Dan (Jude Law). Again, there is no scene in the movie that shows the two indulging in such an act. Could this affair have never taken place?
As an audience member, I believe Alice and Larry did not have sex. Alice lied to get rid of Dan. Here are my clues.
Clue 1: When Alice told Dan "the truth", she kept blinking her eyes and turned her head, not looking Dan. That's a sign of lying.
Clue 2: When Dan responded by "I knew it, Larry told me." Alice was shocked and in disbelief. Had they really had sex, she should have expected Larry would tell Dan to get even. A logical explanation to her shock is she was lying about the sex and did not know Larry lied too.
Clue 3: When Dan was nagging her about why she slept with Larry, she replied that she desired him and he asked nicely. Larry did not ask nicely but rather was rude in the strip club scene. And in that scene, there was no sign that Alice desired Larry. She treated Larry as a customer and did not even let him touch her.
If I were the writer of the movie, I would not let Alice and Larry have sex. That adds more depth and theatrical value to the play. It makes Alice the only one among the four who did not betray their lover (Anna and Dan slept together, Larry slept a whore in New York). Yet she was a liar (who was hiding her identity to Dan) and a stripper (who was getting paid providing sexual fantasies). That the person who is more likely to have an affair does not cheat make the play more ironic and tragic.