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5.0 out of 5 stars A humane, intelligent British film
This is one of the best British films I've seen in the last few years. Great acting, great music, and the rural East Anglian setting is a nice change from the gritty urban backdrop of most modern Brit flicks. The three-part structure is clever without being too intrusive. Seeing the same story from different points of view helps you understand several of the...
Published on 17 Jan 2006 by Yorkshire Lass in Exile

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A humane, intelligent British film, 17 Jan 2006
This review is from: Lawless Heart [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This is one of the best British films I've seen in the last few years. Great acting, great music, and the rural East Anglian setting is a nice change from the gritty urban backdrop of most modern Brit flicks. The three-part structure is clever without being too intrusive. Seeing the same story from different points of view helps you understand several of the characters who seem selfish or unsympathetic at first. You get to see their vulnerability and appreciate their 'good side' - it's a very humane film. The overall mood is a bit sad and wistful but it's also emotionally uplifting and even has a few jokes in it. Highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, subtle and true to life., 2 Jun 2005
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How refreshing to see a film that punches way above its budgetary weight, making a mockery of big budget star driven and cloying Hollywood fayre.
As anyone who watches the "extras" contained in the DVD package will discover, the guts of the film draw on the talents and commitment of a fine ensemble of British actors. There is no sense of the directors ramming a story / life view down your throat and the way in which it reflects real life, with a never ending stream of interlocking events and perspectives is seamless.
Some fine acting -- people won't be surprised to know that Bill Nighy is magnificent, and that Douglas Henshall and Josephine Butler have an effortless natural charisma that fills the screen.
It's a film that will reward watching repeatedly to fully capture the matrix of emotions and events, so brilliantly captured in the film score. A film for all seasons and stages of life.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb film, 29 Sep 2003
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This review is from: Lawless Heart [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This is an excellent film, cleverly written with the story looked at from three different perspectives. Superb performances, and stunning scenery, together with some very clever and funny twists to the plot, make this a joy to watch.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent British Film, 29 Oct 2004
This review is from: Lawless Heart [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This film is many things, of which 'hilarious' is definitely not one of them. Beautifully filmed with a wonderful setting and equally brilliant soundtrack. I smiled, I cringed and I cried. And then I went out and bought a copy of it.
Very cleverly mastered with a poignant and powerful look into the lives of three people who were touched by the death of another. As one critiqe put it 'No weddings and a Funeral'. In the same genre as Perfect Strangers and Shooting the Past.
If you like quirky British filmmaking, you will love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 27 Jun 2008
This review is from: Lawless Heart [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
I think this has to be one of the most under-rated Bristish films out there. OK so it's not for everyone, if you're looking for a braindead
rom-com this probably wont be up your alley. If you're looking for a
highly humane drama with excellent acting and music and script then look
no further. Not only that but repeated viewings expose more and more details from the interlocking stories.

Brilliant!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 13 July 2014
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This review is from: Lawless Heart [VHS] [2002] (VHS Tape)
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10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Everyday folk, in everyday circumstances, 28 May 2003
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This review is from: Lawless Heart [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Another English yarn about everyday folk going about their lives, in customary mild dysfunction and misery. A familiar tale but what separates this romantic tragic-comedy from its counterparts is a neat script, able direction and some absolutely fantastic acting.
The film revolves around 3 relationships and people. There's Nick (Tom Hollander), who has just lost his long term partner and his struggle to deal with his grief and get on with his life. Then there's Tim (Douglas Henshall), who arrives at the funeral after eight years of travelling, and not knowing who died. Within 24 hours he has fixed himself up with accommodation at Nick's, got drunk and pulled. Finally, there is Nick, (Tom Hollander) who is attempting not to have an affair with an attractive French woman, as he does love his wife. Devoid of emotion except for acceptance and apathy his life just trundles on.
I haven't really done justice to the plot of the film here, each character's storyline intertwines, and Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger have come up with a knock out script and drawn some fizzling performances from their leads, and indeed the supporting cast all play their part in making this an interesting melodrama.
Ultimately, it's a classic dour English movie, which has hope glimmering throughout. Hope of a better life, hope for some excitement, hope for something to happen. It's the sort of film which only the British seem to make and come to think of it, usually only the British want to watch.
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1 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Never seen a move boring movie, 9 Nov 2006
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This has to be without a doubt the most boring movie ever. Digging your eye-balls out with a blunt garden instrument is preferable to watching this movie.
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