Lantana

The Structure of Conflict in "Lantana" 12th Grade

In the film Lantana, Ray Lawrence builds both internal and external conflict between characters using various film techniques; in turn, such conflict acts as a catalyst for many characters in reaching a turning point for change. Major conflict is caused between the relationships (Leon and Sonja, Nik and Paula, as well as Valerie and John) which in turn has repercussions in the lives of those around these paired characters. Leon and Sonja experience disloyalty and dispute that affect Leon's professional career; Nik and Paula, conversely, have a trust in their relationship which triggers change in surrounding relationships when they are defiant in the face of adversity. Finally, John chooses to turn his back on Valerie with dire consequences, in a decision which finally causes his internalised issues to resolve.

Leon is introduced as a heavily troubled man who insists on ruining his own life: cheating on his wife, overworking, and initiating domestic conflict with his family. However, within a climax of conflict with Leon and his wife, Leon is forced to change his ways. In early scenes, Lawrence frames Leon alone in shots that are representative of the isolation of this character. Furthering this chaos and isolation that Leon is...

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