Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Lantana - Review

Lives and lies collide in this wicked, caustic deconstruction of the Australian male.

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A woman lies dead in bushland outside the Sydney suburbs. We follow four couples, whose fates are as chaotic and entwined as the brittle twigs concealing the body, in an attempt to unravel the mystery.

Of a superb cast, Geoffrey Rush and Barbara Hershey are mesmerising as a married couple broken by the murder of their child. However, it is Anthony LaPaglia, an adulterous, aggressive and aloof policeman wrestling with the emotions he so despises in others, who drives home the film’s eloquent message: love is far easier to attain than trust.


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