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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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Pleasing low budget drama about people, places and relationships., 14 December 2004
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

After the death by drowning of a small time homosexual restaurateur by the name of Stuart (David Coffey), three sets of lives are changed and altered: not only by the death itself, but by each others reactions and counter-reactions to the tragedy.

Anyone who has put on their "reading glasses" and watched any worthwhile number of European cinema will have been confronted by films about "small people" who lives seem petty and insignificant in the telling (or even in the retelling to others): but reflect more about you and your life than the complete cannon of Bruce Willis. This is another example.

Lawless Heart (an over-the-top and misleading title) takes on a very simple story of loss, passing and the small amount of attached inheritance money. Nevertheless, it has to be borne in mind that the cash would mean a lot to the people who would receive it. There is also the vexed question of "natural justice." Something I don't want to flesh-out further in this review.

Maybe to try and distance itself from quality television, the film uses separate point-of-view flashbacks and although it might sound complicated and tricky in-the-telling, it is not too difficult a concept in-the-watching.

(Once you catch on to the technique that is. It left me a little confused for a while.)

While I enjoyed this film enormously, I must start with a string of petty irritations and focus bringers. The first being that there is really nothing new on the menu (no restaurant pun intended), the French have been doing this type of thing for years without the rest of the world really noticing.

(Those that enjoyed this film and want "more of the same" might like to start with the 1983 "Pauline à la plage." Not the same story - far from it - but the same basic approach and small home truths.)

Equally a list of well known emotion wranglers have been blended in to try and soft soap the potential audience: The use of emotive music (Adrian Johnston), 8 mm home movies and time-lapse photography has all been done before; although this film shows some imagination even in borrowing!

The movie deals with a homosexual relationship in a welcome manner. It is no more abnormal than anyone else's relationship, although that doesn't mean that everyone approves or wishes things weren't different.

Equally it never presents anything as the-end-of-the-world. People may - or may not - come in to the small amount of money we have already mentioned, but we are sure they will all survive whichever way the cookie crumbles.

Small town life is well captured, although with any ensemble piece you have your favourites. It doesn't really present women in any great light with the dorkish Charlie (Sukie Smith) providing some comic relief as the slightly out-of-it party girl who cannot - after a hard days night - even remember where she lives!

Thankfully no one is that smooth an operator and the various "rejecting women" probably have a certain amount of good taste. Layabout Tim (Douglas Henshall) is actually fascinating as we take an instant dislike to him and his leeching ways, but we slowly warm to him as the picture goes on - even if he shows no appetite for having a regular job or living anything other than a self-centred life.

Trust me I am not a sucker for sentimentality or bland emoting. Someone crying or in grief doesn't prompt me - automatically - to feel the same way, and there are plenty of characters here that could do with a good shake if not a soft kick up the backside.

In most ways Lawless Heart is a "soft sell" movie: It doesn't want to sell you anything unless you want to be a buyer of it: People live, people die, people fall in love, people fall out of love, people are mismatched in love. Occasionally people even come to terms with the limits of others.

Good work all round from the actors, producers and musicians. Without a fortune to spend I was quietly moved, even though I was trying hard not to be.

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