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Playing by Heart movie review

Playing by Heart

Ensemble romantic comedy across generations and lifestyles in L.A.

While I wrote up Tea with Mussolini I wondered why it had failed to keep my interest? Had I seen too many crash-bang-run-slam movies? Was an action movie all I had left? Did I need the obvious action target? Can a film be simply about people and their needs?

A writer once suggested that the question is, 'how can we make of the world a home? And that is the central concern of this film.

Just what is it that we must do, how must we adapt, in order to find happiness and a place of our own in this world.

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Playing by Heart is a very well put together film, using an ensemble cast in apparently unrelated roles, and giving the audience a chance to watch the characters' lives unfold.

The couples include an over-achieving mother watching her son dying of AIDS, a relationship-shy woman (Gillian Anderson) pushing away an apparently Nice Safe Man, a far-from-shy woman (Angelina Jolie) making a great show of living life to the fullest in the clubbing scene and trying to break through the isolation another club-goer, a pair committing elegant adultery in hotels (Madeline Stowe and Anthony Edwards), a man lying to strangers in bars (Dennis Quaid), and a long-time married couple facing his death, and the fallout of his past infidelities (Gena Rowlands and Sean Connery).

Nicely crafter, with a well-chosen cast, this film does what the best stories do, it makes you look at people as they try to make their lives, and the lives of the people around them, better.

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Due for Australian release May 13, 1999 rescheduled to August 12 1999
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Title: Playing by Heart (1999)
Written by: Willard Carroll
Directed by: Willard Carroll
Produced by: Meg Liberman, Tom Wilhite, Paul Feldsher, Guy East, nigel Sinclair,
Edited by: Pietro Scalia
Director of Photography: Vilmos Zsigmond
running time: 121 minutes
rating: M

The Players: Madeleine Stowe, Angelina Jolie, Gillian Anderson, Gena Rowlands, Sean Connery, Ryan Phillippe
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