October 8, 2005
UK / France
We Think We Live In A Rational World … Then We Screw It Up — THE LAWLESS HEART.
Lives and relationships of old friends intertwine and overlap after they are reunited at the funeral of a gay restauranteur.
Three characters’ stories are told from their separate perspectives after a mutual friend and family member drowns. Bill Nighy is fantastic. I’m now his biggest fan after the last five things I’ve seen with him in it. The basic idea of the film is that there are no rules with love. Love has a mind of its own. Gay Stuart has died. The characters we follow include his brother-in-law, his lover, and a world-traveling hippy cousin. Is the hippy ready to settle down? Is the lover looking at the wrong gender for comfort? Can the long-married brother-in-law stay faithful when he’s lusting after the French florist?
This is one of those films where you have to figure out relationships. They aren’t spelled out for us to easily file away. The three perspective thing could have been a bit of a stunt, but it really works here. I was most impressed.