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Movie Review: Lawless Heart

Story: It is a rare and delightful treat to see a film about relationships that is not insulting to the discerning movie go-er (that would be me). Co-writers and co-directors Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger have intriguingly woven three different stories about love, loss, family and the vast dimensions of the heart that have one event - a funeral, in common.

The three stories are told from each of the protagonist's point of view. We have seen this cinematic technique handled similarly in recent times but not in such a sensitive, thoughtful way. These characters slowly grow on us and we care about each one of them. There is nothing extraordinary about any of them and yet I found them all to be endearing and I wanted the story to continue. There are no tidy endings in this tale, but life, after all, is not very tidy. Wouldn't it be boring if everything, did indeed, have a happy ending?

This is a small, rich film that I can happily recommend. It is also nice to see a British film come along that does not use those over-the-top stereotypical characters that we have come to see way too often.

Acting: Superb casting all around. Special kudos to Bill Nighy, Douglas Henshall, Tom Hollander, Sukie Smith and Josephine Butler.

Predilection: None.

Critters: A beautiful Rottweiler (I think) named Ruby, cows and birds.

Food: Food plays an important part in this film because one of the characters owns a restaurant. A coconut has a huge part.

Visual Art: A few innocuous paintings.

Blatant Product Placement: None.

Soundtrack: Soothing.

Theater Audience: A small crowd. Our little group of four took up almost half of the theater. In the ladies room after the film I was approached by a wacko who insisted on asking me if I knew how to cut open a coconut. I simply stared at her. She then launched into a lengthy explanation about the proper way to cut open a coconut. I did not want to spoil her monolog by telling her that I hate coconut and unless I was on Survivor would I ever need to cut open a coconut.

Quirky Meter: 2

Predictability Level: Medium.

Tissue Usage: I welled up a little.

Oscar Worthy: No.

Nit Picking: No nits to pick.

Big Screen or Rental: Oh, go for the big screen and support these small, delightful films.

Length: 100 minutes.