Playing by Heart

IF ROMANCE IS A MYSTERY, THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIGURE IT OUT.

playingbyheartIntroducing a reasonably impressive and large cast in a story about six individuals in Los Angeles, you kind of get the feeling that director Willard Carroll has a thing for Robert Altman. A lot of talking is required. But that doesn’t automatically make it an experience on Altman’s level; the script simply isn’t remarkable enough and the lack of passion is bothersome in a film that explores love from every angle. The cast is more fun to watch, as big stars like Sean Connery mingle with TV actors like Anthony Edwards.

1998-U.S. 120 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Willard Carroll. Cast: Sean Connery (Paul), Gena Rowlands (Hannah), Gillian Anderson (Meredith), Angelina Jolie, Madeleine Stowe, Anthony Edwards… Ryan Phillippe, Dennis Quaid, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson, Jon Stewart, Nastassja Kinski, Amanda Peet.

Quote: “Talking about love is like dancing about architecture.” (Jolie)

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