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A cocktail of romance,
By A Customer
This review is from: Playing By Heart [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
Playing by Heart may not be the deepest of films, but it's a pleasant movie-going experience when you're not in the mood for something hard-hitting or deep.
it is a dramatic comedy about the many faces of love, consisting of six seemingly unrelated tales about men and women, finding each other, losing each other and discovering things and secrets about themselves and others.
The movie has a well-acted gallery of characters, which makes it hard to dislike any of them.
Paul(Sean Connery) and Hanna (Gena Rowlands)is a long-married couple who are avoiding dealing with the recent discovery that Paul has an inoperable brain-tumour. Instead of facing the situation, they carry on a squabble over a romance Paul had 25 years earlier.
Mildred (Ellen Burstyn) is an attractive widow with a gay son, Mark (Jay Mohr). Mark has AIDS and is in the hospital, dying.
Gracie (Madeleine Stowe) is married, but having an affair with the priest, Roger (Anthony Edwards), for her the relationship is only physical, but for him it means something more.
Trent (Jon Stewart) is in love with Meredith (Gillian Anderson) but she rejects him at first, because she has a relationship-phobia, and believes he is "too good to be true".
Joan (Angelina Jolie) is a brashly aggressive aspiring actress with alcohol problems, who puts the moves on Keenan (Ryan Philippe) a solitary young man she meets in a disco, he rebuffs her advances but they develop a special friendship, and later he confesses that he has got AIDS.
Hugh (Dennis Quaid)is a haunted barfly who goes from club to club regaling sympathetic strangers with a different sob story in every watering whole. His final experiment in fiction finds him in a drag bar where it's not so easy to fool patrons who have a special knowledge of manufactured fiction.
Even though these characters does not at first seem to have any connection to each other, we find that they in fact are, and all the pieces of the puzzle come together.