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The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney.

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Daniela Farinacci ...
Paula D'Amato
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Patrick Phelan
Leah Purcell ...
Detective Claudia Wiss
Glenn Robbins ...
Pete O'May
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Steve Valdez (as Jon Bennett)
Melissa Martinez ...
Lisa
Owen McKenna ...
Old man in pyjamas
Nicholas Cooper ...
Sam Zat
Marc Dwyer ...
Dylan Zat
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Storyline

Trust. A dead body in bracken. A cop cheats on his unhappy wife who, in secret, sees a psychiatrist whose own marriage is corroded by grief: she thinks her husband is having an affair with a gay patient of hers. The cop's lover, Jane, is recently separated, and her neighbors - a couple with children - include a muscular unemployed man. Late one night, the doctor skids off a back road, finds a call box, and tries in vain to reach her husband. She sees headlights and flags down the driver. Later that night, Jane sees her neighbor park his truck and throw something into the lantana in a vacant lot. It's a woman's shoe. Unraveling the mystery lays bare five couples. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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love is the greatest mystery See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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8 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Лантана  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$66,701 (USA) (14 December 2001)

Gross:

$4,460,426 (USA) (19 April 2002)
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Glenn Robbins was originally considered for the lead role of Detective Leon Zat, but Anthony LaPaglia was eventually cast. Robbins was then cast as the role of Pete O'May See more »

Goofs

When Nik is at the police station explaining what happened the night he picked up Valerie, we see it as he is describing it - and as she gets into his truck, you can hear the door slam before it is even shut. See more »

Quotes

Leon Zat: I tell my wife everything.
John Knox: That suprises me.
Leon Zat: Why?
John Knox: Most men hold something back.
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Grateful acknowledgement of assistance to all our families See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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(2000)
Written by Maraca (as Isorlando Valle)
Ahi-Nama Music - Musica Unica Publishing
Licensed from Universal Music Publishing Pty. Ltd.
Performed by Maraca
Courtesy of Ahi-Nama Music and Warner Music France
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An insightful Australian film with adult sensibilities for a change.
28 May 2002 | by (Colorado Springs, CO) – See all my reviews

This well-delivered ensemble piece is a film version of Andrew Bovell's play SPEAKING IN TONGUES. It deals with adult relationships, particularly the sexual tension and anxiety that eventually develops in mature relationships. The plot and interaction between characters depends heavily on coincidence, but this isn't a major flaw in a film that really concerns itself with adult behavior patterns. That aspect of the film is sophisticated and honest; well worth the viewer's time. Brooding, subtle and smart are the words for LANTANA and I highly recommend it.


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