Lantana

2001

Drama / Mystery

2
IMDb Rating 7.4

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Dennis Littrell 10/10

In this starkly realistic examination of love and infidelity among thethirtysomething crowd from down under we learn that you may desire tocheat on your spouse, but it&#x27;s better if you don&#x27;t.<br><br>Leon Zat, a police detective played with an original and strikingdemeanor by Anthony LaPaglia, cheats on his wife and finds that hisadultery compromises not only his marriage but his performance on thejob. He becomes irritable and flies off the handle at things of littleimportance, and becomes consumed with guilt.<br><br>He is not alone. The marriage of John Knox (Geoffrey Rush) andpsychiatrist Valerie Somers (Barbara Hershey) is falling apart as Knoxseeks something from the outside and Somers is torn apart with thesuspicion that he is having a homosexual affair, perhaps with one ofher clients. Meanwhile Jane O&#x27;May (Zat&#x27;s adulteress played by RachaelBlake) finds that she needs a man, or maybe two, other than herestranged husband. Even Sonja Zat (Kerry Armstrong) feels the pressureand yearns to feel attractive, perhaps with younger men.<br><br>More than halfway through we have an apparent murder and aninvestigation during the course of which some of the adulteries come tolight and cause the participants to examine themselves and their livesclosely.<br><br>Andrew Dovell wrote the subtle, richly attired script, full ofpenetrating dialogue and an uncompromising veracity, adapting it fromhis play Speaking in Tongues. Ray Lawrence directed in an unusual butcompelling manner in which the scenes are sharply focused and cut tolinger in our minds. Again and again I was startled with just howexactly right was something a character said or did. Lawrence&#x27;sexacting attention to detail gives the film a textured and deeplylayered feel so that one has the sense of real life fully lived. Thecast is uniformly excellent although LaPaglia stands out because of hismost demanding role. His performance is one of the best I have seen inrecent years. The only weakness in the film is a somewhat lethargicstart, partially caused by Lawrence&#x27;s cin&#xE9;ma v&#xE9;rit&#xE9; scene constructionand editing. What he likes to do is lead us to a realization along withthe characters and then punctuate the experience by lingering on thescene, or in other cases by cutting quickly away. Often what otherdirectors might show, he leaves to our imagination, and at other timeshe shows something seemingly trivial which nonetheless stays in ourmind. John Knox&#x27;s affair, for example, is not shown. Jane O&#x27;May and herhusband&#x27;s reconciliation is left to our mind&#x27;s eye. Yet the scene withValerie Somers in the lighted telephone booth (with graffiti) is shownat length and then what happens next is not. These are interestingdirectorial choices.<br><br>The ending comes upon us, as it sometimes should, unexpectedly, butthen resonates so that we can see and feel the resolution. Noteverything is tied up. Again we are left in some cases to use our ownimagination.<br><br>This original film, one of the best of the new millennium I have seen,stayed with me long after they ran the closing credits. It is wellworth the two hours.<br><br>(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book &#x22;Cutto the Chaise Lounge or I Can&#x27;t Believe I Swallowed the Remote!&#x22; Get itat Amazon!)

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Reviewed by blearyeyes 10/10

What struck me the most about Lantana was not the well-laid plot, more thethoroughly realistic characters and performances. The classic 'mystery'thread was really only the setting for the several different relationshipsand couples featured in the film.<br><br>But having said that, the story itself was gutsy and twisting to keep youguessing till the end, all without the need for non-essential narrative orthe need to keep spelling things out. The questions were all answered sofaras the story was concerned, but because of the complexity and realism inallthe principle characters, i still left the cinema rolling plenty of theemotional issues through my mind for hours after.<br><br>La Paglia was fantastic. His character, though shown as an adulterer fromthe very beginning, captured so many of the current male 'indentities'withgreat subtlety instead of a stereotyped 'hug session' which most recentfilms dealing with the subject matter inevitably lead to. He so easilyshowed the internal conflicts which most normal Australian men deal withday-to-day while still keeping up the brave face we alldo.<br><br>I also enjoyed the quirky way the relatively small number of characterswereall drawn together by fairly consequential links, and without a huge bigstatement of it in the end - no matter how many people there are on theplanet, it still amazes me how small and incestual problem-circles end upbecoming :)<br><br>This film has the potential to appeal to so many different audiences -worksas a mystery, cop-drama, &quot;chick flick&quot;, and to anyone who could everrelateto the 'feel' of Australia, which the film captures perfectly throughgreatambient audio and natural-looking lighting.<br><br>Well written, directed, photographed and cast give this one an easy fullmarks.<br><br>

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Reviewed by jotix100 10/10

Why are the people that don't have a thing to say about this film think thatit is so slow? Also, for that matter, why are they comparing it to ShortCuts and Magnolia? <br><br>Lantana is a fine film thanks to the sure direction of Ray Lawrence and thefine script by Andrew Bovell. This was certainly a nice surprise coming fromAustralia, which has given us a great many interesting films and that keepstelling world wide audiences there sure is life after Hollywood and theformula styled fare that has been coming from the La-La Land in the lastyears.<br><br>To begin with, the cast is first rate. Anthony Lapaglia keeps getting betterand better all the time. Aside from his work on stage, namely, The RoseTatoo and A View from the Bridge, on Broadway, his appearances in films arealways convincing. He's the kind of actor that doesn't repeat himself. Hehas such a presence and magnetism that we can't take our eyes from himthroughout the duration of Lantana.<br><br>His character here is full of anger. He's at the point in his life where amistake will make him lose his wife and children by straying to an areawhere he shouldn't have gone in the first place. His wife beautifully playedby Kerry Armstrong is incredible. She has an integrity and dignity that manywomen should envy. She's sure of herself and her life with even a husbandthat might have and affair but who comes running back to her when herealizes what's at stake.<br><br>Barbara Hershey is another actress that always gives us a new dimension toher craft. She's never been better in her last appearances under thedirection of Mr. Lawrence. Even Geoffrey Rush, an actor who could go off thetop in many of his roles, plays the right note here. <br><br>The rest of the cast is excellent. Lantana is a great film. The best thingis to relax and enjoy this well crafted drama.

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