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Lantana -- Psychiatrist Valerie Somers disappears one night; Det. Leon Zat is called to investigate; his wife has been getting advice from Somers.


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Release Date:
4 October 2001 (Australia) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony LaPaglia ... Detective Leon Zat

Geoffrey Rush ... John Knox

Barbara Hershey ... Dr. Valerie Somers

Kerry Armstrong ... Sonja Zat

Rachael Blake ... Jane O'May

Russell Dykstra ... Michael
Daniela Farinacci ... Paula D'Amato
Peter Phelps ... Patrick Phelan
Leah Purcell ... Detective Claudia Wiss
Glenn Robbins ... Pete O'May

Manu Bennett ... Steve Valdez (as Jon Bennett)
Melissa Martinez ... Lisa
Owen McKenna ... Old man in pyjamas
Nicholas Cooper ... Sam Zat
Marc Dwyer ... Dylan Zat
Puven Pather ... Drug dealer

Lionel Tozer ... Police officer
Glenn Suter ... Police officer
Natasha Guthrie ... Young girl
James Cullington ... Man at book launch
Ashley Fitzgerald ... Eleanor

Vince Colosimo ... Nik Daniels
Keira Wingate ... Hannah Daniels
Angus Cripps ... Harry Daniels
William Cripps ... Harry Daniels
Kay Armstrong ... Woman dance partner
Jacomb Borra ... Jacob

Ben Mortley ... Jose

Gabriella Maselli ... Sarah, Valerie's secretary
Richard Morecroft ... Newsreader

Lani John Tupu ... Patrick's lover (as Lani Tupu)
Lesley Hancock ... Lover's wife
Angus McGuigan ... Lover's child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Di Nuzzo ... Paramedic #1 (uncredited)

Greg Eccleston ... Man In Alleyway (uncredited)

Directed by
Ray Lawrence 
Writing credits
Andrew Bovell (play "Speaking in Tongues")

Andrew Bovell (screenplay)

Produced by
Mikael Borglund .... executive producer
Jan Chapman .... producer
Catherine Jarman .... line producer
Rainer Mockert .... executive producer
Original Music by
Steve Hadley 
Bruce Haymes 
Paul Kelly 
Peter Luscombe 
Shane O'Mara 
Cinematography by
Mandy Walker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Karl Sodersten 
Casting by
Susie Maizels 
Production Design by
Kim Buddee 
Art Direction by
Tony Campbell 
Costume Design by
Margot Wilson 
Makeup Department
Robern Pickering .... makeup artist (as Robbie Pickering)
Jan Zeigenbein .... hair stylist (as Jan 'Ziggy' Zeigenbein)
Production Management
Karen Downes .... assistant unit manager
Pat Lacey .... assistant unit manager
Simon Lucas .... unit manager
Damian Macey .... assistant unit manager
Gordon MacPhail .... post-production supervisor
Greg Refeld .... assistant unit manager
Stewart Riach .... assistant unit manager
Susan Wells .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Greg Cobain .... third assistant director
Jamie Crooks .... first assistant director
Tom Read .... second assistant director
Drew Bailey .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
Marcus Levy .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Peter Annison .... greens assistant
Suzanne Auerswald .... greens assistant
Jack Elliot .... greensman (as Jack Elliott)
Emma Lawrence .... art department coordinator
Edmund Levine .... additional art department dresser
Robert Moxham .... stand-by props (as Robert 'Moxy' Moxham)
Bruce Rieck .... greens assistant
Faith Robinson .... props buyer
Faith Robinson .... set dresser
Katie Sharrock .... props buyer (as Kate Sharrock)
Katie Sharrock .... set dresser (as Kate Sharrock)
David Tier .... art department runner
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Syd Butterworth .... sound recordist
Paul Korber .... sound attachment
Robert Mackenzie .... adr artist
Graham McKinney .... boom operator
Nada Mikas .... dialogue editor
Linda Murdoch .... atmosphere editor
Bronwyn Murphy .... assistant sound editor
Steve Murphy .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Stephen Murphy)
Martin Oswin .... sound mixer
Andrew Plain .... sound designer
Roger Savage .... sound mixer
John Simpson .... foley artist
Robert Sullivan .... sound mixer
Lidia Tamplenizza .... assistant sound editor
Michael Thompson .... adr artist
Mark Ward .... sound effects editor
Andy Wright .... adr artist
Syd Butterworth .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Damian Bradford .... stunt performer (as Damien Bradford)
Zelie Bullen .... stunt performer (as Zelie Thompson)
Lazaro Cifuentes .... stunt performer
Paul Doyle .... stunt performer
Sam Elia .... stunt performer
Ashley Fairfield .... stunt performer
Scotty Gregory .... stunt performer (as Scott Gregory)
Tony Lynch .... stunt performer
Linda Megier .... stunt performer
Andrew Owen .... stunt performer
Puven Pather .... stunt performer
Tove Petterson .... stunt performer (as Tove Pettersen)
Brad Praed .... stunt performer
Glenn Suter .... assistant stunt coordinator
Glenn Suter .... stunt performer
Lawrence Woodward .... stunt coordinator
Glenn Suter .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Malcolm Booth .... rigging grip
Shaun Conway .... gaffer
Graeme Dew .... rigging grip
David Elmes .... focus puller
Jesse Gibson .... epk camera operator
James Hopwood .... rigging grip
Paul Jackson .... camera equipment: Panavision
Elise Lockwood .... still photographer
Gerard Maher .... video split operator
Beau Moulson .... electrician
Zac Murphy .... electrician
David Nichols .... key grip
Jason Poole .... electrician
Steve Price .... best boy electric
Ady Rose .... assistant grip
Rod Scott .... rigging grip
Ben Tierney .... epk camera operator
Michael Vivian .... dolly grip (as Mick Vivian)
David Williamson .... camera operator
Matt Windon .... clapper loader
Mal Booth .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Philippe Leroy .... electrician (uncredited)
Matt Windon .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sarah Beardsall .... casting: UK
Amanda Knight .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natalie Bracher .... costume assistant
Mel Dykes .... costume supervisor
Julie Frankham .... costume cutter
Amanda Irving .... stand-by costumes
Marcia Lidden .... costume cutter
Editorial Department
Kerri Aungle .... negative cutter
Leo Bahas .... negative cutter
Tony Beehag .... negative cutter
Arthur Cambridge .... color timer
Daniel Lee .... assistant editor
Vicki McRitchie .... negative cutter
Music Department
Hugh Counsell .... assistant music engineer
Paul Kelly .... music producer
Frank Madrid .... music consultant: Cuban music
Shane O'Mara .... music engineer
Shane O'Mara .... music producer
Matte Voight .... music engineer
Christine Woodruff .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Greg King .... tracking vehicle operator (as Gregory King)
Other crew
Lesley Aitkin .... post-production script
Mauricio Alpizar .... choreographer
Teresa Barker .... production secretary
Lisa Beedham .... location attachment
Anni Browning .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Lazaro Cifuentes .... additional safety supervisor
Nicholas Copping .... assistant to director
Victoria Courtenay .... stand-in: Kerry Armstrong
Kathy Croft .... film stock: Kodak Australia
Jill Davidson .... insurance
Maria Farmer .... publicist
Olivier Fontenay .... laboratory liaison
Jesse Gibson .... runner
Gina Hallas .... post-production accountant
Claire Harris .... unit nurse
Peter Harris .... location manager
Greg Helmers .... travel: Traveltoo
Lee-Anne Higgins .... assistant to producer
Lee-Anne Higgins .... production notes
Paula Jensen .... production coordinator
Tony Krawitz .... director attachment
Tony Leonard .... insurance: AON Specialty Group
Barry Lord .... stand-in: Geoffrey Rush
Domonic Mahoney .... stand-in: Anthony La Paglia (as Dominic Mahoney)
Ivy Mak .... on set attachment
Kristijana Maric .... accounting assistant
Jamie Marshall .... laboratory liaison
Christopher Mayer .... additional location scout (as Chris Mayer)
Victoria Mielewska .... dialect coach: Anthony LaPaglia
Clare Mirabello .... legal representative
Christine Moran .... financial controller
Sarah Munro .... tutor: children
Amanda Newton .... title designer
Amanda Newton .... title producer
Peter Newton .... title designer
Peter Newton .... title producer
Claire Pollard .... caterer
Jessie Robson .... location attachment (as Jesse Robson)
Phillip Roope .... additional location scout
Klan Samadi .... choreographer
Francesco Strati .... double: Harry
Kathe Thomas .... stand-in: Barbara Hershey
Kristin Voumard .... continuity
John Walton .... safety supervisor
Tom Waygood .... film stock: Kodak Australia
James Wohl .... double: Harry
Liz Wright .... liaison: Todd-AO West
Lindsay Cole .... security officer (uncredited)
Shannon Levin .... security officer (uncredited)
Jason Mack .... security officer (uncredited)
Les Roberts .... security officer (uncredited)
Glenn Suter .... assistant safety (uncredited)
Julie Boon .... grateful acknowledgment (as Sergeant Julie Boon)
Martin Cayzer .... grateful acknowledgment
Stephen Conroy .... grateful acknowledgment (as Sergeant Stephen Conroy)
John Highfield .... grateful acknowledgment
Catriona Hughes .... special thanks
Paul Jackson .... grateful acknowledgment
Terry Jennings .... special thanks
George Whaley .... grateful acknowledgment
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and sexuality
121 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:AA | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating)

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Anthony LaPaglia had to work with a dialect coach to regain his native Australian accent. He had lost it from years of working on American movies.See more »
Continuity: During the conversation between Leon and John on John's deck, the water level and position of the pitcher changes.See more »
Leon Zat:[Leon has chest pains after having sex with Jane] I get this pain in my chest sometimes.
Jane O'May:You know, you really should have told me that you have a weak heart.
Leon Zat:I don't.
Jane O'May:It's because I don't want to have an affair with...
Leon Zat:For Christ's sake, I don't have a weak heart, all right? This is not an affair, it's a one-night stand that happened twice.
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45 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Something close to a masterpiece, 8 May 2003
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

In this starkly realistic examination of love and infidelity among the thirtysomething crowd from down under we learn that you may desire to cheat on your spouse, but it's better if you don't.

Leon Zat, a police detective played with an original and striking demeanor by Anthony LaPaglia, cheats on his wife and finds that his adultery compromises not only his marriage but his performance on the job. He becomes irritable and flies off the handle at things of little importance, and becomes consumed with guilt.

He is not alone. The marriage of John Knox (Geoffrey Rush) and psychiatrist Valerie Somers (Barbara Hershey) is falling apart as Knox seeks something from the outside and Somers is torn apart with the suspicion that he is having a homosexual affair, perhaps with one of her clients. Meanwhile Jane O'May (Zat's adulteress played by Rachael Blake) finds that she needs a man, or maybe two, other than her estranged husband. Even Sonja Zat (Kerry Armstrong) feels the pressure and yearns to feel attractive, perhaps with younger men.

More than halfway through we have an apparent murder and an investigation during the course of which some of the adulteries come to light and cause the participants to examine themselves and their lives closely.

Andrew Dovell wrote the subtle, richly attired script, full of penetrating dialogue and an uncompromising veracity, adapting it from his play Speaking in Tongues. Ray Lawrence directed in an unusual but compelling manner in which the scenes are sharply focused and cut to linger in our minds. Again and again I was startled with just how exactly right was something a character said or did. Lawrence's exacting attention to detail gives the film a textured and deeply layered feel so that one has the sense of real life fully lived. The cast is uniformly excellent although LaPaglia stands out because of his most demanding role. His performance is one of the best I have seen in recent years. The only weakness in the film is a somewhat lethargic start, partially caused by Lawrence's cinéma vérité scene construction and editing. What he likes to do is lead us to a realization along with the characters and then punctuate the experience by lingering on the scene, or in other cases by cutting quickly away. Often what other directors might show, he leaves to our imagination, and at other times he shows something seemingly trivial which nonetheless stays in our mind. John Knox's affair, for example, is not shown. Jane O'May and her husband's reconciliation is left to our mind's eye. Yet the scene with Valerie Somers in the lighted telephone booth (with graffiti) is shown at length and then what happens next is not. These are interesting directorial choices.

The ending comes upon us, as it sometimes should, unexpectedly, but then resonates so that we can see and feel the resolution. Not everything is tied up. Again we are left in some cases to use our own imagination.

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 well worth the two hours.

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