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Lantana is an intricately plotted character study that quietly shines with authenticity.



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Plagued with grief over the murder of her daughter, Valerie Sommers suspects that her husband John is cheating on her. When Valerie disappears, Detective Leon Zat and his partner Claudia attempt to solve the mystery of her absence. As they investigate, a complex web of love, sex and deceit emerges- drawing in four related couples whose various partners are distrustful and suspicious about each other's involvement.


Critic Reviews for Lantana

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  • A meditation on fidelity in marriage where the suspense and surprises stem from who has -- or hasn't -- been betraying each other and how.

    Jul 20, 2002
  • Lawrence cast well and gets terrific performances all the way up and down the line.

    Mar 7, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
  • A perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.

    Feb 3, 2002 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • The emotional experience of "Lantana" is heightened by its marvelous ensemble cast, all of whom etch a character in relatively brief screen time.

    Jan 25, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Solving the mystery of the dead body would be enough for most Hollywood movies. In Lantana, it's merely a device to launch us into more rewarding explorations.

    Jan 25, 2002
  • Lantana is so rich in secondary characters and performances it's hard to mention them all. But you will certainly appreciate them.

    Jan 25, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lantana

  • Dec 14, 2013
    3 1/4 stars....A fairly interesting movie, but just barely. Really slow. Anthony LaPaglia went through this movie showing the same forlorn face all throughout. I was having a difficult time staying interested...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2013
    A brilliant, subdued near-masterpiece concerning feeling lost and numb to one's marriage, as seen through the eyes of different people who are all connected through various odd coincidences. The acting across the board is terrific, especially Anthony LaPaglia as a cop with emotional problems and suffering from guilt after cheating on his wife (Kerry Armstrong). Certainly a very depressing and hard-hitting film that is not afraid to get its hands dirty, but the way it analyzes different situations with such perception and tender care is certainly admirable and impressive. Hard-hitting and not for everyone, definitely an adult movie, but a genuinely fascinating look at marriage and the careless decisions people make in order to find happiness that only proves to be fleeting in the end.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2011
    Great characters, relationships between the characters, and great performances illuminate this film to another level. One you learn to accept all the coincidences going on, you'll find yourself enthralled by this web that writer Andrew Bovell has spun.
    Jared H Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2009
    Lantana turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I knew little about it before watching it and, from the initial scene, I thought it was going to be a murder mystery, but it turned out to be an excellent psychological drama that involved the interactions of the lives of these characters.Geoffrey Rush had the perfect face to realize his character's disconnections. Barbara Hershey perfectly played a psychiatrist with her own problems.Kerry Armstrong's portrayal of a woman struggling with her marriage.Then Anthony La Plagia played Leon Zat, who due to his investigations got involved with all of the other characters. The acting was superb. The endings, for each of the main characters, was very clear.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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