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
The first film to win all of the top six categories of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards: best picture, best director, best actress, best actor, best supporting actress, best supporting actor. It also won for best adapted screenplay. This record remained unbroken until all 13 AFI categories were swept by Somersault (2004). See more »
During the conversation between Leon and John on John's deck, the water level and position of the pitcher changes. See more »
[the morning after Leon admitted having an affair]
I fucked up, all right? People fuck up.
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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Written by Pablo Justiz
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LANTANA is a boring film by any standards. This is a movie which presents itself with a self consciousness that is identifiable from the first frame. The unfolding characterizations are one dimensional - something which seems to bother none of the actors except Geoffrey Rush who seems to be wondering why he agreed to do this movie. Add to these elements, the fact that it's horribly shot (it seems as if the static set-up shots were done with a hand held camera)and that the music score is the kind of noodling fare that is usually associated with bad TV movies. Stand up for your intelligence and good taste - refuse to pay for this movie.
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