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Critic Reviews for Lantana
A meditation on fidelity in marriage where the suspense and surprises stem from who has -- or hasn't -- been betraying each other and how.
Lawrence cast well and gets terrific performances all the way up and down the line.
A perceptive, powerfully acted psychodrama.
The emotional experience of "Lantana" is heightened by its marvelous ensemble cast, all of whom etch a character in relatively brief screen time.
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.
Audience Reviews for Lantana
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...
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.
This Australian gem is an impressive watch with a faultless cast who were all such natural Actors and gave the film a truly realistic feel. The merging of characters and circumstances were quite seeemlessly delivered to the audience, leaving the film to be unpredictable. For those who appreciate Actor driven films, this I'm sure, you will enjoy.
|Dr. Valerie Somers:||Does she know about you?|
|Patrick Phelan:||I assume so. She would sense it wouldn't she?|
|Dr. Valerie Somers:||It depends on how good he is at deceiving her.|
|Patrick Phelan:||Or how good she is at deceiving herself.|
|Patrick Phelan:||He comes encumbered with a wife.|
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