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


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 <>

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »





Release Date:

8 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Лантана  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$4,460,426 (USA) (19 April 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


When Sonja is in the car park, at about 54' at the bottom of the frame you can see the dolly track complete with sandbag, wedges and Mafer clamp. See more »


Leon Zat: [the morning after Leon admitted having an affair] I fucked up, all right? People fuck up.
Sonja Zat: Really? Well, I don't. You know what's so easy, Leon? It's so easy to go out and find somebody. You know what's hard? What's hard is not to.
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A rare accomplishment
21 May 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Lantana" is one of those rare films which which transcends entertainment with meaningful messages, however subliminal, while avoiding the dumbing-down, flocking, hype, titillation, and other excesses of the usual Tinseltown product and relying solely on good story telling. The film uses the nonlinear Magnoia-esque jigsaw puzzle approach showing a piece of each player one at a time while methodically completing the final puzzle picture. Though the film involves a cop, a shrink, a missing woman, infidelity, adultery, grief, suspicion, etc., "Lantana" isn't about any of these things; a fact which is made clear in the end when the final puzzle piece is dropped into place. A must see for mature realists into serious drama.

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