lantanaThe 2001 Australian gothic noir Lantana stands strong after fifteen years. Based on Andrew Bovell’s play and assisted by an outstanding cast including Anthony LaPaglia, Barbara Hershey, Geoffery Rush, Kerry Armstrong, Rachael Blake,Russell Dykstra, Daniela Farinacci, Peter Phelps, Leah Purcell, and Glenn Robbins. Moody script, eerie score all adds up to a suspenseful ride into the minds and dysfunction of a group of connected residents of suburban Sydney. Could have fleshed out the gay male character a bit more, but I was grateful for his presence. No one really gets clear answers other than relying on fate or chance or luck as they roll the dice of life. Lantana proves a solid example of Australian cinema. 4 out of 5.


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