Detective Leon Zat moves through a dark labyrinth of human relationships on his journey to solve the mystery of a woman’s disappearance. He discovers a dark underbelly of perplexing obsessions between four couples, which causes him to reflect back on his own marriage and what he has lost.
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Never resorts to melodrama; doesn't contrive to tie all the sub-plots together in one shocking, "revelatory", hyperbolic impression point; doesn't contrive to resolve all sub-plots happily or to bring them to a definite end: rather, they all remain very true to life, some unresolved, some sad, some enviably well, and some ambigious, tortured, but hopeful, as with the cop and his wife. Complex, subtle, and well-drawn.
Takes a while to get going as it weaves all of its various strands of characters. But once it does get going, it really packs a powerful punch. It delves into the emotions of love, trust, betrayal and also into marriage, fidelity and family. Not perfect (the characters seem TOO tied together at times and the aforementioned slow start), but still, it does rise above its imperfections and delivers an emotional wallop.
A rare Australian film of depth and realism, devoid of exaggerated accents and cultural cliche (not one kangaroo or koala to be seen). The plot coincidences betray its stage origins - with the same 10 actors bumping into each other - but the script overall is thoughtful and a true depiction of bruised marriages and suburban life. With 3 films in an 33 years, a Lawrence film is a rare event, but always worth the wait.
One of my all time favourite Australian films. A superb ensemble cast, led by Anthony LaPaglia and the wonderful Kerry Armstrong. It's a truly special film - but it's a shock to realise that it's 17 years since it was released.
People just need to learn to love and trust. Heartful acting from Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong, weirdo Rachael Blake, American treasure Barbara Hershey, and an elusive Geoffrey Rush. The lantana is a gorgeous weed. I like the man who cried. (You see the boom in a shot!)