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A sharp, modern love story where lust, loyalty and courage are stretched to the limit when three friends reunite at a funeral and decide to take their lives in their own hands.
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Lawless Heart is a sharp, modern love story where lust, loyalty and courage are stretched to the limit. Shocked by the death of a friend, three men decide to take their lives in hand. But under the influence of three beguiling women, how far will they go? Seen from three different angles, each view of events reveals the comic and subtle realities of modern relationships. Lawless Heart takes a journey through the comedy of love, with friends facing life, death, sex and misadventure.
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"Lawless Heart" is a film about relationships and the decisions that they entail, told three times from three different perspectives. My description of the film may make it sound like a soap opera, and perhaps it is in the most basic sense. But "Lawless Heart" is, for the most part, understated and lacks the melodrama of pulp fiction. Tom Hunsinger and Neil Hunter both wrote and directed the film. Their decision to tell the story from three different points of view and through three different experiences sets "Lawless Heart" apart from many other movies that explore interpersonal relationships in that the differences in perspective and what people don't know about one another become central to the film. As soon as we realize that we are seeing the same set of circumstances from a different point of view, the audience focuses on the divergence of the perspectives and looks for new information that might fill in the gaps left by the other perspectives. In this way, "Lawless Heart" engages the audience more than films of this genre generally do. The three different perspectives that we observe are those of Dan, Nick and Tim. The story takes place over the course of a few weeks and focuses on three events: Stuart's funeral, Tim's party, and Judy's birthday. "Lawless Heart" has a nice symmetry, and watching the same three events three times doesn't seem repetitive. Fans of true-to-life films about interpersonal relationships will enjoy "Lawless Heart"'s multi-perspective twist and admirable dramatic performances.
The film is really three inter-related stories, each told with a different central character - a brother-in-law of the dead man, a best friend who's returned home after many years, and the dead man's gay lover. Unlike "Rashomon," the stories don't contradict each other. Each, being from another point of view, emphasizes and reveals different things, and they overlap only every now and then. Besides the point that everyone is a walk-on in someone else's life, the film reminds us that what we know about other people is only what's visible, which is limited, but being at the center of their lives doesn't necessarily provide them with privileged insight. All three men, in one way or another, "don't have a clue," as one of them admits.
I loved this film. You sense that it could easily unfold in a multitude of directions, if we could only follow all the characters. Some clever use of props, like a coconut and a silk scarf, weave through a couple of the stories, gradually taking on a significance of their own. But for the characters there is far more ambiguity, which is reflected in the final scene, as they watch a home movie, and we watch their faces, quietly reflecting emotions unknown to each other and that we can only guess.
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