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


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Bill Nighy ... Dan

Tom Hollander ... Nick

Douglas Henshall ... Tim
Clémentine Célarié ... Corrine
Ellie Haddington ... Judy
Sukie Smith ... Charlie

Josephine Butler ... Leah
Stuart Laing ... David
Sally Hurst ... Michelle
Dominic Hall ... Darren
Jim McManus ... Chef
Howard Gossington ... Waiter
Richard Cant ... Michael
Hari Dhillon ... Will (as Hari Dillon)

Peter Symonds ... Mr. Marsh - Tim's Father
June Barrie ... Mrs. Marsh - Tim's Mother
Alasdair Craig ... Giles - Tim's Friend
Zoe Shipway ... Jeweller
Jessica Lauren Napier ... Georgia

Barney Clark ... James (as Barney Clarke)
Will Hunter ... Justin
David Coffey ... Stuart

Directed by
Tom Hunsinger 
Neil Hunter 
Writing credits
Neil Hunter (written by) and
Tom Hunsinger (written by)

Produced by
Francesca Barra .... executive producer
Steve Christian .... executive producer
Mark Hudson .... line producer
Martin Pope .... producer
Jim Reeve .... executive producer
Roger Shannon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
Sean Bobbitt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Scott Thomas 
Production Design by
Lynne Whiteread 
Art Direction by
Cristina Casali 
Set Decoration by
Sophie Newman 
Costume Design by
Linda Alderson 
Makeup Department
Rebecca Cole .... additional makeup artist
Lizzie Lawson .... makeup designer
Natalie Reid .... makeup assistant
Jane Turner .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Lloyd .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Fenn .... first assistant director
Sonia Rai .... second assistant director
Lorna Whittaker .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jamie Davies-Evans .... chargehand painter
David Fitzjohn .... scenic painter
Mark Guest .... stand-by props
David Horrill .... props master
David Jepson .... dressing props
Ben Munro .... stand-by art director
Antoine Robin .... construction (as Antoine Robbin)
Robin Thistlewaite .... construction
Jonathan Wells .... stand-by construction
Warren Lever .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Bond .... sound effects editor
Gordon Brown .... dialogue editor
Gareth Bull .... sound re-recording mixer
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Jerome McCann .... boom operator
John Pearson .... sound recordist
James Seddon .... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Beaumont .... gaffer
Mickey Convey .... rigger
Bob Cook .... additional camera operator
Charlie Dillion .... rigger
Ashley Dyson .... electrician
Ian Glenister .... electrician (as Ian Glennister)
Michael Green .... additional camera operator (as Mike Green)
Suzi Jacobson .... additional camera operator (as Susie Jacobson)
Nic Lawson .... focus puller
Jim Monks .... additional camera operator
Zac Nicholson .... additional camera operator
Matthew Poynter .... clapper loader (as Matt Poynter)
Jim Russell .... best boy
Tony Sankey .... grip
Tom Shirley .... electrician
Erin Stevens .... camera trainee
Adam Suschitzky .... director of photography: second unit
Nick Wall .... still photographer
Karen Whiteread .... still photographer (as Karen-Lois Whiteread)
Nic Lawson .... cinematographer: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Jaffe .... costume supervisor
Arabella Rhodes .... costume supervisor
Alison Trett .... additional costumes
Editorial Department
Jonathan Taylor .... assistant editor
Music Department
Richard Kirstein .... music supervisor: Zomba Music Services
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Nitin Sawhney .... musician: "Broken Skin"
Terry Davies .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Back .... driver
Matthew Brawn .... driver
Jan Holland .... driver
Alex James-Davidson .... driver
Colin Jeffrey .... driver
Andy Killen .... driver
Neal Kirby .... driver
Eddie Lakin .... driver
Ian 'Fingers' Lisi .... driver (as Ian Lisi)
Mike Manku .... driver
Trevor Moore .... driver
Mark Rhodes .... driver
Alan Rogers .... driver
Peter Smith .... driver
Dermot Smyth .... driver
Tony Watson .... driver
Colin Williams .... driver: action vehicle
Darren Wood .... driver
Dermot Worely .... driver
Kim Worsely .... driver
Other crew
Jonathan Berger .... legal services
Joan Blackmore .... dog handler
Eddie Booth .... location assistant
Paul Cable .... insurance: Media & Entertainment Insurance Services
Nick Cain .... contracts manager: Department of Trade & Industry and Isle of Man Film Commission
Annabel Cannings Knight .... location manager (as Annabel Cannings-Knight)
Miriana Dimitrijevic .... production coordinator
Hilary Dugdale .... project manager: Department of Trade & Industry and Isle of Man Film Commission
Jeff Dunn .... production accountant
Kim Fletcher .... film officer: Department of Trade & Industry and Isle of Man Film Commission
Theodore Goddard .... legal services
Nicholas Hanks .... legal services
Ben Hepworth .... location assistant
Kate Hudson .... unit publicist: Emma Chapman Publicity
Jane Jackson .... script supervisor
Richard James .... film runner
David King-Taylor .... health and safety advisor
Christina Lesbirel .... production runner
David North .... administrator: Department of Trade & Industry and Isle of Man Film Commission
Nick Saward .... film runner
David Spencer .... legal advisor: Simcocks Advocates
Sheila Thomson .... advisor: Ernst & Young
Claude Widtmann .... production assistant
Matthew Wortman .... location unit manager
Sophie Bourdon .... special thanks: Ateliers du Cinéma Européen
Richard Cant .... special thanks: The Script Factory
Simon Chandler .... special thanks: The Script Factory
James Dreyfus .... special thanks: The Script Factory
Pierre Du Plessis .... special thanks (as Pierre du Plessis)
Jason Flemyng .... special thanks: The Script Factory (as Jason Flemying)
Charles Gant .... special thanks
Ken Grunbaum .... special thanks
Jessica Harrison .... special thanks: Ateliers du Cinéma Européen
Nolan Hemmings .... special thanks: The Script Factory
Kate Hide .... special thanks
Ruth Hodgson .... special thanks
Allan Hunter .... special thanks
Anne Hunter .... special thanks
David Hunter .... special thanks
Rosie Hunter .... special thanks
Peta Inglesent .... special thanks
Huw Penallt Jones .... special thanks
Dermot Kerrigan .... special thanks: The Script Factory
Donna King .... special thanks
Ilona Marouani .... special thanks: Ateliers du Cinéma Européen
Linda Pather .... special thanks
Simon Perry .... special thanks
Monique Saint-Mezard .... special thanks: Ateliers du Cinéma Européen
Paul Smith .... special thanks
Marie Sullivan .... special thanks
Angela Topping .... special thanks
Harriet Walter .... special thanks: The Script Factory
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexuality/nudity and language
99 min | Switzerland:110 min (Locarno Film Festival) | USA:100 min
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Thrice-told tale, 16 May 2006
Author: bandw from Boulder, CO

This movie tells the same story from the viewpoint of three different people. The stories are presented in sequence and cover the same time span - the three characters are together in the first scene as well as several days later in the final scene. The event that brings them together in the first scene is the funeral reception for a man who was the brother-in-law of Dan (Bill Nighy), the lover of Nick (Tom Hollander), and the cousin and friend of Tim (Douglas Henshall). The plot structure is clever and works well. One of the challenges in telling a story in this manner that is effectively dealt with is to strike a balance in how much the characters interact - too little and the movie becomes three separate stories; too much and all the characters, as well as the viewers, know the whole story and there are no surprises. This plot structure is distinctly different from those of "Rashomon," where each character relates the same story with personal embellishments, or "Pulp Fiction," where the stories are only loosely intersecting and the time sequencing is not linear, or movies like "Lantana," which effectively utilizes flashbacks and interactions in real time among an ensemble of unrelated characters.

With each succeeding scene in each story we fill in pieces of the puzzle. The curious way people behave in one story is understood in a later story. For example, when Tim throws a party and invites a woman with whom he has just been enamored, she shows up only to hide behind a wall and ultimately escape the party by climbing over a fence. Tim is hard pressed to interpret this peculiar behavior and Dan, who witnesses the escape from outside the house, is mystified. How odd we think, but later we learn that a recent ex-lover of hers is there and she does not want an encounter with him.

We are made to think about how each of us sees only a small piece of the big picture. Each personal human encounter is the intersection of two worlds, the complex histories of which are fully known only by the individuals. People behave in ways that we find difficult to comprehend, but, in almost all situations, if we were to know the personal motivations and the full story, all would be understood.

To a great extent, the dialog carries the movie. When Dan is approached by an interested woman, Corrine, at the funeral reception and she asks him if he is depressed, he says, "How would I know?"

While the movie hangs together on first viewing, I found a second viewing to be rewarding. You pick up on a lot of things that would easily be missed on first viewing, like when Corrine invites Dan to dinner while checking out at the grocery store the cashier is a woman with whom Nick becomes involved.

The acting is polished and the multitude of songs on the soundtrack seem to have been chosen with care and they augment the story. It was uncharitable not to credit the Schubert piano trio that so effectively set the mood at the beginning and the end (Trio in E flat, Op. 100 D.929).

Altogether an engaging and skillful piece of film-making.

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