Without trust present from the beginning, a relationship cannot work. Marriages cannot develop overtime if there isn’t a strong foundation built on trust. Sometimes, however, trust can be destructive.
In Lantana, one of the very affecting moments of the film comes when Jane asks Paula how she knows that Nik didn’t murder or harm Valerie Somers. She answers with “Because he told me”. This sufficiently represents the importance of trust in a relationship. It is Paula and Nik’s relationship that is able to resist the trails that are portrayed by the murder and it is this type of relationship that is recognized as something significant.
Leon and Jane are deeply affected by the simple trust represented in Nik and Paula’s marriage. The trust in their current relationships are difficult achieve, with lack of communication adding to the problem.
Contrary to this, Valerie’s life is taken because of the lack of trust in her own relationship. She believes that her husband, John Knox, is cheating on her with another man who she believes is Patrick, her patient, when she should talk with her husband instead of keeping all her feelings bottled up. When Nik picks her up from the side of the road, the lack of trust is present when she jumps out of the truck and runs to her fall. She didn’t trust any of the men she was ever with; Her husband, Patrick and Nik, and in the end, she is killed.
Sonja Zat tries to achieve Trust in her relationship with Leon and like Valerie, believes Leon is having an affair, which he is. She wants trust in her relationship but cannot seem to find that trust when Leon doesn’t communicate with her anymore.
This movie portrays just how vital trust is to all human relationship just as breath is to life through the characters.