Lawless Heart (2002)
Critic Consensus: Unconventional and refreshing, this strikingly un-Hollywood film takes a quiet and heartbreaking look at the warmth and inspiration of friendships lost.
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Critic Reviews for Lawless Heart
It has the emotional wallop of a Mike Leigh offering and the acute intelligence of an early John Schlesinger effort. This is a film about learning how to seize the day. And this is a film that does just that.
A guy's flick whose charms are many and faults are few.
A modern and mature story about love and loving, a film as intelligent as it is charming.
Lawless Heart is so well crafted, so original, that each overlapping scene swells with new life and interpretation.
The situations are forced; love blossoms way too easily; and the characters are downright daft.
Audience Reviews for Lawless Heart
After a man's funeral, three stories featuring friends and relatives of the deceased are interwoven. I really enjoyed this film's concept. When the first story ends and the film focuses on another character, the film becomes a kind of mystery as we try to figure out what all the incidental details of the story mean. It's creative and original without being flashy like a bad Tarantino imitation. Strong, understated performances by the three leading men, Douglas Henshall, Tom Hollander, and the incomparable Bill Nighy, and Josephine Butler are helped by intelligent dialogue. However, I did think that each story ended too soon, which originally added to the film's suspense, and when I still wanted more answers by the end of the film, I felt like I had been cheated. What happens with Dan's marriage? What is Nick's response to Tim's final question? I think the film was trying to be subtle, but this element didn't play. Overall, Lawless Heart -- I have no idea why that title fits -- is a creatively constructed film and worth the time.
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Lawless Heart Quotes
|Tim Marsch:||(on the phone) I'm having a party. Saturday night. About 9,10 o'clock. What do you mean, you don't know who I am? We were at school together!|
|Tim Marsch:||I still can't believe Stuart's gone. He was half the fun in this town.|
|David:||Who was the other half?|
|Dan:||I once faked a broken heart, but I ran out of energy.|