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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.
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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8 March 2002 (USA) 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:
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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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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: When Sonja and Leon are in bed, the crew is reflected in a large standing mirror.See more »
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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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
One ofthe very best of 2001, 27 February 2003
Author: SanTropez_Couch

I'm not going to bother mentioning the acting, the camera, the music, the script, the editing or the direction beyond this. The acting is all intelligently filled with nuance and not a one steps, even briefly, outside the realm of believability. The camera is sophisticated without being showy. The music -- acoustic picking, rhythmic electric strumming, sparse piano -- underscores the film without ever making itself obvious or taking over. The screenplay (based on a play) consists of characters whose lives intersect in a way that's novel, yet not unbelievably so. The editing is smooth and unnoticeable and the direction is sharp and unobtrusive.

The film opens with the camera showing a dead body lying in an area of thickets. We're shown at the opening but won't need to worry about it for another hour. The first hour of the film is based solely on the relationships of its interconnecting characters.

We next see Leon (Anthony LaPaglia) having sex with a woman, who we later learn to be Jane (Rachael Blake). He's married, though, to Sonya (Kerry Armstrong) and she goes to a psychiatrist unbeknownst to Leon. It seems like Leon may be trying to cover up, or make seem less damaging to his marriage, his affair -- which he seems to get little joy from -- by making sure his two sons give him a kiss on the neck before going off to school. Leon is also a cop and early in the film he takes out his aggression -- which is a result of his pain -- on a drug dealer by being more rough with him than he should.

The psychiatrist Sonya goes to, Dr. Valerie Somers (Barbara Hershey) has another patient, Patrick (Peter Phelps). He's been seeing a married man and asks Valerie what he should do. Valerie, we see, grows uneasy, as if it hits close to home. As if she's dealt with this before. In a public speech she gives, Valerie (or should I say, the director) says that the home is a battleground for most, though it's not supposed to be. It is for her as well. She's lost her daughter to a murder and her relationship with her husband, John (Geoffrey Rush) is becoming increasingly empty. She suspects he may be having an affair as well.

When someone repeats something for us, "Making love to her was like trying to fill an empty well," we're fully aware that while one person in particular seems to take this to heart, this relates to each and every one of these characters. One reviewer on this site said that the characters in the film aren't full people. And I agree with him, only in a different way. They're fully fleshed-out characters, but they're only half full because they're perpetually bereft. Except for Paula (Daniella Farinacci) and Nik (Vince Colosimo), the couple that lives across the street from Jane. Later in the film when Paula says "He told me," the line has more meaning than it seems. This is the one relationship that is the exception to the film's rule.

The subtle hints we're given may or may not be important later on in the story, which after the half-way mark involves a police investigation; and the film manages to remain a drama about its characters throughout. The investigation exists in the background, as a device. It's strange that anyone would think the film is about the investigation by itself. If the film is about any one thing, it's about love and the quest to repair it after it's been damaged.

Valerie's own marital problems come to a head when she accosts a man on the street and accuses him of making a comment about her under his breath. The man turns out to be the ex-wife of Jane, who we meet again later during the investigation.

One night, Leon comes home to find his wife not there, goes to find her and discovers that she's gone to a dance club. The two have been taking dancing lessons, but Leon isn't very enthusiastic about them. Leon gets progressively more angry at himself, while Valerie is trying to make the best of a bad situation, even if the situation (at least on her side) gets inadvertently worse because of it. She's not out for revenge for what she suspects of her husband.

When Valerie drives down a back road and gets in an accident, she walks to a closed gas station and calls her husband, John and confronts him. When she doesn't come home, Leon and his partner Claudia (Leah Purcell), who's looking for love herself, are assigned to the missing persons case. There's wicked dramatic irony when John, after being questioned by Leon about his whereabouts and reacting with anger, asks him how he would react if his wife were to get in a car with a stranger, which is what the police have suspected Valerie did. In one scene between Leon and John (who is a suspect in his wife's disappearance) John admits that he didn't listen to his wife's very real cries for help.

By the end of the film, its stance towards marriage becomes, I think, increasingly pessimistic, as if any slight crack in a relationship would mean that both sides are doomed. But in the last segment, after the investigation is resolved, there's a glimmer of light for its characters. The final image suggests that the characters, and Leon in particular, have hope in working through their pain and transgressions and may someday be able to resume the dance.


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