Saturday, 27 June 2015

Lantana (2001)

Somebody has said that a flower doesn't become less beautiful just because it's hidden underground. Lantana is a beautiful flower indeed and a complex shrub which has pungent smell. Perhaps this is the message of this film--showing that love is hidden in the ugliness of relations and they're complicated with their positives and negatives. This film is an original story with a peculiar angle on relations. It focuses on a few families/people who are related to each other in some way forming a chain or say a circle of relations. 

The film has a wonderful soundtrack. Some beautiful spanish songs and natural melody of insects chirping is very pleasant in particular. This film has a mysterious twist which is just a subplot instead of being the main attraction in the film. Usually I watch mysteries but this film has a gripping drama on relations which engages you from beginning till end and almost never gets slow or boring in pace. The cinematography is superb on the whole--but some shots are strokes of unadulterated genius--I loved them. I felt that all actors were very refined and sensible. The direction and editing are beautiful. This is a very beautiful film and I recommend it to all readers.

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