Lantana: Lions Gate Films
May 21, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Lantana

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
113 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/14/01
Wide Release Date
12/21/01
performer
Barbara Hershey, Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush
director
Ray Lawrence
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Andrew Bovell
genre
Mystery and Thriller
We gave it an A

Like an Australian version of an Altman film, director Ray Lawrence’s mesmerizing drama examines the overlapping lives of a cross section of middle-aged characters. On the surface, Lantana works as an exquisitely twisty mystery, a la ”Gosford Park,” in which a philandering police detective (an Oscar caliber performance from LaPaglia, for once not masking his Aussie accent) investigates the disappearance of his wife’s shrink (Hershey). On a deeper level, the movie offers a gratifyingly sophisticated meditation on the vagaries of modern marriage.

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