Cinema: Anthony LaPaglia

LANTANA

As Anthony LaPaglia plays him in Lantana, police detective Leon Zat is as harsh and abrupt as his surname. He is several things: a tough, angry cop, impatient with a dismal caseload; a middle-aged man, jogging through his chest pains, trying to get back in shape; an unhappy husband glumly trying to find some magic in an affair that's all grim haste and guilty furtiveness.

In short, he's a very human being. And typical of this actor, not one crying out for sympathy. We may come to care for Leon Zat, but slowly, almost grudgingly. We may come to care...

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