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Lawless Heart (2001)

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Three intersecting stories about people whose lives are affected by the death of a gay restaurateur.

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Ellie Haddington ...
Sukie Smith ...
Stuart Laing ...
Sally Hurst ...
Dominic Hall ...
Jim McManus ...
Howard Gossington ...
Richard Cant ...
Hari Dhillon ...
Will (as Hari Dillon)
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Devastated by Stuart's death, his brother-in-law, lover and best friend decide to take their lives in hand. Dan is a faithful and loving father and husband, until the day he meets Corinne. This buxom and sublime Frenchwoman seduces Dan with her honesty and hedonism, so much so that he wonders if he hasn't missed out on life. Nick, a homosexual restaurant owner, begins a relationship with a high-spirited young woman right after losing his lover, Stuart. When their apparently innocent relationship takes a more intimate turn, Nick is troubled by his feelings for his female comrade. Tim, carefree and charismatic, comes home after eight years abroad. Still looking for that "elusive something" that has been missing in his life, Tim finds it in a woman who works in a fashion boutique. But confronted with his future for the first time, the only thing that stands in the way is this unknown woman's past. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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We think we live in a rational world...then we screw it up


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Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

28 June 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A sors fintora  »

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Opening Weekend:

£37,592 (UK) (5 July 2002)


$330,067 (USA) (15 August 2003)

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The best film at the LFF..
8 December 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Of all the films I watched at the London Film Festival, this one stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Bill Nighy's opening performance had me mesmerised for the first twenty minutes, and the film maintained these high standards throughout.

The cinematography is superb, as are all of the performances from a very skilled and believable cast. The intertwined storylines reminded me of Kieslowski's Three Colours Trilogy, where everything comes together right at the end.

So much for the poor state of the British film industry, watch this and have your faith restored - a wonderful film in every aspect!

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