THE LAWLESS HEART

Content -3
Quality
None Light Moderate Heavy
Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: April 25, 2003

Starring: Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Douglas Henshall, Clémentine Célarié, Stuart Laing, Josephine Butler, Ellie Haddington, and Sukie Smith

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr LAWLESS HEART is a movie
told from three points of view
in the tradition of the great
1950 Japanese movie, RASHOMON;
except that LAWLESS HEART is
not concerned with moral
virtue, but sexual sin. Each
of the three intersecting
stories tell something about a
person whose life is affected
by the death of a homosexual
restaurateur. Dan is a farmer
with a family, who is stuck in
a midlife crisis. Nick is the
homosexual lover of his dead
partner, Stuart. Tim is the
aging hippie who has come home
to the funeral. Dan's point of
view is the first presented.
At the funeral of his wife's
homosexual brother, Stuart, a
middle-aged woman named
Corrine tries to pick him up.
Corrine tells him he needs
courage. Eventually, he picks
up another woman in his car,
and she gives him oral sex in
payment for a ride. His story
is very depressing. The late
Stuart called his lover Nick
"Old Nick, or Lucifer, or
Lucy." From the movie's point
of view, he seems like a nice
guy. He ends up having an
affair with Charlie, who
happens to be a woman. Tim has
come back home to the funeral
of his friend, Stuart. He
starts to have an affair with
a young woman in town, only to
find out that she really loves
his brother. There is no God
in this movie, no hope, and no
joy. There are several scenes
of fornication. Even the
heterosexual men seem to be
homosexual, and the women seem
to have no moral values
whatsoever. Many of the
characters seem to have
nothing in common except that
they live in the same small
town. Also, Tim's parents have
no discernable relationship
with him. These people live on
the Isle of Man, but it could
be called the Isle of Fallen
Men and Women. LAWLESS HEART
is a sad story about what
happens to people who are
adrift in their sins. Somewhat
appropriately, it has received
good reviews from those who
have cast values, ethics and
real love to the wind. Please
address your comments
to: Robert & Ellen Dinerman
Little, Co-Chairs First Look
Pictures A division of
Overseas Filmgroup 8800 Sunset
Blvd. Suite #302 Los Angeles,
CA 90009 Phone: (310)
855-1199 Website: www.flp.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 86 minutes

Address Comments To:

Content:

(PaPaPa, HoHoHo, LLL, V, SSS, NNN, AAA, D, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview with very strong homosexual themes; 18 obscenities and three profanities; minor violence includes woman cuts her foot on piece of glass; excessive sexual content, including several scenes of fornication and oral sex; full female nudity and rear male nudity; very strong alcohol abuse; smoking; and, lying, cheating, and stealing.

GENRE: Drama

PaPaPa

HoHoHo

LLL

V

SSS

NNN

AAA

D

MMM

Summary:

LAWLESS HEART is a movie told from three different points of view about three men affected by the death of a gay restaurateur. There is no God, no hope, and no joy in this movie.

Review:

LAWLESS HEART is a movie told from three points of view in the tradition of the great 1950 Japanese movie, RASHOMON; except that LAWLESS HEART is not concerned with moral virtue, but sexual sin. Each of the three intersecting stories tell something about a person whose life is affected by the death of a homosexual restaurateur. Dan is a farmer with a family, who is stuck in a midlife crisis. Nick is the homosexual lover of his dead partner, Stuart. Tim is the aging hippie who has come home to the funeral.

Dan's point of view is the first presented. At the funeral of his wife's homosexual brother, Stuart, a middle-aged woman named Corrine tries to pick him up. Corrine tells him he needs courage. Eventually, he picks up another woman in his car, and she gives him oral sex in payment for a ride. His story is very depressing.

The late Stuart called his lover Nick "Old Nick, or Lucifer, or Lucy." From the movie's point of view, he seems like a nice guy. He ends up having an affair with Charlie, who happens to be a woman.

Tim has come back home to the funeral of his friend, Stuart. He starts to have an affair with a young woman in town, only to find out that she really loves his brother.

There is no God in this movie, no hope, and no joy. There are several scenes of fornication. Even the heterosexual men seem to be homosexual, and the women seem to have no moral values whatsoever. Many of the characters seem to have nothing in common except that they live in the same small town. Also, Tim's parents have no discernable relationship with him.

These people live on the Isle of Man, but it could be called the Isle of Fallen Men and Women. LAWLESS HEART is a sad story about what happens to people who are adrift in their sins. Somewhat appropriately, it has received good reviews from those who have cast values, ethics and real love to the wind.

Please address your comments to:

Robert & Ellen Dinerman Little, Co-Chairs

First Look Pictures

A division of Overseas Filmgroup

8800 Sunset Blvd.

Suite #302

Los Angeles, CA 90009

Phone: (310) 855-1199

Website: www.flp.com

In Brief: