Fifth about The Seventh


Lantana: Ray Lawrence’s mix of murder mystery with a drama of broken marriages takes a while to get going. The film uses that time to introduce the characters, their state of mind, and the condition of their relationships. Alas, nothing particularly interesting or novel is revealed, before or after; the film drags quite a bit and fails to offer enticing insights or rich characters. Acting is generally moody and nondescript: the strongest of the bunch is Kerry Armstrong who, as one of the many suffering wives that appear in the film, manages to be touching. Anthony LaPaglia and Geoffrey Rush are both forgettable as, respectively, the policeman and the husband of a vanishing woman at the center of the mystery. Aesthetically, the film is beyond conventional; cinematographer Mandy Walker overlights the action whenever she has the chance and sometimes when she does not.

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