Playing By Heart

{4.5/5} “Talking about love is like dancing about architecture.”

Paul and Hannah have been married a long time. Paul just found out he has a brain tumour — he doesn’t want to talk about it, and there are other things he doesn’t want to talk about either. Joan and Keenan just met but they like each other — Keenan says he “doesn’t date.” Mark is dying of AIDS and his mother Mildred has come to stay by his side — they decide to tell each other the truth. Meredith and Trent like each other but Meredith has been burned too many times and has difficulty trusting men. Hugh goes around to different bars and tells a woman he meets a different sad story. Gracie and Roger are having an affair — Roger wants more but Gracie says this is all there is.

Playing By Heart was released in 1998.

Movies that jump around between multiple storylines generally aren’t that gripping. But this one is — in fact, it must be one of the best examples of this type of movie.

I watched this one because it’s well regarded and because of who’s in it. In particular, it’s been years since I saw a movie with Sean Connery that I hadn’t seen before.

You will care about what happens in each of the storylines. They all come together in the end. Some parts are sad, some parts are funny — it’s the romance that will keep you watching.

The beautiful music is by John Barry (Dances With Wolves).

Paul is played by Sean Connery (The Hunt For Red October) and Hannah is played by Gena Rowlands (The Notebook). Joan is played by Angelina Jolie (Changeling) and Keenan is played by Ryan Phillippe (Flags of Our Fathers). Mark is played by Jay Mohr (the TV show Ghost Whisperer) and Mildred is played by Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream). Meredith is played by Gillian Anderson (the TV show The X-Files) and Trent is played by Jon Stewart (the TV show The Daily Show With Jon Stewart). Hugh is played by Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow). Gracie is played by Madeleine Stowe (Twelve Monkeys) and Roger is played by Anthony Edwards (the TV show ER).

The movie was directed by Willard Carroll (Tom’s Midnight Garden).

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