Plagued with grief over the murder of her daughter, Valerie Sommers suspects that her husband John is cheating on her. When Valerie disappears, Detective Leon Zat and his partner Claudia attempt to solve the mystery of her absence. As they investigate, a complex web of love, sex and deceit emerges- drawing in four related couples whose various partners are distrustful and suspicious about each other's involvement.
Ray Lawrence's haunting film has the mood and structure of a murder mystery, but the secrets it explores are at once more pedestrian and more disturbing. Playing a Sydney police detective wracked by anger, frustration and guilt at cheating on his wife, Anthony LaPaglia is the volcanic center of a web of need, deceit and self-delusion. The film's view of marriage, and of contemporary urban life, is rigorously bleak, but it is acted and directed with such conviction and assurance that the experience of watching it is ultimately thrilling. – A. O. Scott
2001-12-14 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Lantana