Playing by Heart

Playing by Heart

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Director: Willard Carroll

Cast: Gillian Anderson, Angelina Jolie, Madeleine Stowe

     
 

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Sophomore writer/director Willard Carroll weaves together an all-star cast in interlocking stories about finding love in Los Angeles. The film's theme is spoken by young club-hopper Joan (Angelina Jolie). Taken by the mysterious Keenan (Ryan Phillippe), she tells him that "talking about love" is like "dancing about architecture" (the original title until the studio… See more details below

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Sophomore writer/director Willard Carroll weaves together an all-star cast in interlocking stories about finding love in Los Angeles. The film's theme is spoken by young club-hopper Joan (Angelina Jolie). Taken by the mysterious Keenan (Ryan Phillippe), she tells him that "talking about love" is like "dancing about architecture" (the original title until the studio thought it would be confused with Dancing at Lughnasa), meaning speech is not the medium to adequately express the details of love. They all try, anyway. Others up for the dance include a TV cooking-show hostess (Gena Rowlands) and her husband (Sean Connery) who still fight over his one brief infidelity 25 years earlier; two lovers (Madeline Stowe, Anthony Edwards) who discuss their unhappy marriages; and a theater director (Gillian Anderson) and her architect, Mr. Right (Jon Stewart). Also searching are Dennis Quaid, Nastassja Kinski and Patricia Clarkson. For a familial sort of love, there's Ellen Burstyn as the estranged mother to her son (Jay Mohr) dying of AIDS.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Willard Carroll's uneven but disarming L.A. tale does nothing new for the ensemble drama, and some of its actors come off better than others, but it remains heartfelt and suffused with noble intentions. The multi-character story line lacks the bravura touches of similar efforts by such directors as Robert Altman and Paul Thomas Anderson, but thankfully the film doesn't really aspire to be more than it is, which makes it more enjoyable than a more pretentious effort might be. The highlight of the fine cast is Angelina Jolie; her spirited and touching performance enriches the film's most intriguing story line, which depends almost exclusively on her undeniable spunk and appeal. Other plot lines are less effective (especially a nearly unnecessary AIDS tale that feels instantly dated and overly sentimental), and Carroll's writing sometimes lacks the assurance it needs to truly convey its points about fate and happenstance, but the film is agreeable entertainment throughout.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2013
UPC:
0096009024413
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
2:01:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gillian Anderson Meredith
Angelina Jolie Joan
Madeleine Stowe Gracie
Ellen Burstyn Actor
Sean Connery Paul
Anthony Edwards Actor
Jay Mohr Mark
Ryan Phillippe Kenan
Dennis Quaid Hugh
Gena Rowlands Hanna
Jon Stewart Trent
Amanda Peet Amber

Technical Credits
Willard Carroll Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Kurt Albrecht Co-producer
John Barry Score Composer
Guy East Executive Producer
Paul Feldsher Executive Producer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Meg Liberman Producer
Pietro Scalia Editor
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision
Nigel Sinclair Executive Producer
Missy Stewart Production Designer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Thomas L. Wilhite Producer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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