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Lantana (2001)

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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.

Director:

Ray Lawrence

Writers:

Andrew Bovell (screenplay), Andrew Bovell (play)
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A series of short films that serves as a love letter to Australia's largest city.

Directors: Ray Lawrence, Ivan Sen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony LaPaglia ... Leon
Rachael Blake ... Jane
Kerry Armstrong ... Sonja
Manu Bennett ... Steve (as Jon Bennett)
Melissa Martinez Melissa Martinez ... Lisa
Owen McKenna Owen McKenna ... Old Man in Pyjamas
Nicholas Cooper Nicholas Cooper ... Sam
Marc Dwyer Marc Dwyer ... Dylan
Puven Pather Puven Pather ... Drug Dealer
Lionel Tozer ... Police Officer
Glenn Suter ... Police Officer
Leah Purcell ... Claudia
Barbara Hershey ... Valerie
Natasha Guthrie Natasha Guthrie ... Young Girl
James Cullington James Cullington ... Man at Book Launch
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Storyline

The intertwined stories of a loosely tied set of mostly emotionally damaged individuals in Sydney are told. Police detective Leon Zat and his wife Sonja Zat probably still love each other but have not stated to each other the problems that have invaded their marriage. Those problems not only affect their relationship, but also the way they parent their two teenage sons. Leon's single partner, Detective Claudia Weis, can probably most clearly see those problems, but is not equipped to be a good informal counselor to him in she considering the eye contact with another regular at the diner she frequents as being a somewhat committed relationship. A bundle of repressed emotions, Leon vents through mostly inappropriate acts of aggression, and having just embarked in an extramarital affair with Jane O'May, the recently separated woman in the same salsa dance class as him and Sonja. Jane initiated that separation from her husband, Pete O'May, in coming to the realization one day that she no ... Written by Huggo

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love is the greatest mystery See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лантана See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,701, 16 December 2001

Gross USA:

$4,623,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,747,450
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

During the conversation between Leon and John on John's deck, the water level and position of the pitcher changes. See more »

Quotes

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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Opening
(1999)
Written by Lazaro Valdes
Ahi-Nama Music - Musica Unica Publishing
Licensed from Universal Music Publishing Pty. Ltd.
Performed by Bamboleo
Courtesy of Ahi-Nama Music
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Intelligent Test of Loyalty and Love Among Adults
20 December 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

If Miramax had been distributing "Lantana," you'd have heard as much about this movie as "In the Bedroom."

Anthony LaPaglia matches Tom Wilkinson for a low-burning but implosive performance. New to U.S. audiences, Kerry Armstrong is captivating.

While it's absolutely fascinating to see how screenwriter Andrew Bovell opened up his play "Speaking in Tongues," though both stand on their own, particularly for their frank look at the issue of the frailty of trust and betrayal, between husbands and wives, lovers, families and friends.

The movie makes much better thematic use of a cinematic technique of visual coincidences that other films have used as a gimmick. Here the coincidences provide crucial, ever more difficult tests, leading to either sins of omission or sins of commission as those without trust jump to conclusions or hold on to their love and faith in their partner.

The music is by Paul Kelly and is superbly atmospheric, creating a noir atmosphere and building up the tension with a continuing theme that alternates with sexy salsa music. In particular, a leit motif plays ominously whenever the titular, tropical plant fills the screen.

The crowded audience interpreted ironic comments as high comedy, which was annoying, but perhaps helped to break the tension. There was a lot of audience talking as the story was half-told visually --a particularly neat change from the original play--and the coincidences would be revealed to the audience.

This is a sophisticated film for grown-ups that absolutely respects the intelligence of its viewers.

(originally written 1/21/2002)


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