Surprise! Here's a marquee-heavy ensemble film about love and relationships that really resonates. Like Alan Rudolph's Welcome to L.A. or Altman's Short Cuts, Carroll weaves together six dramatic narratives that interlock as neatly as one of grandma's patchwork quilts. Connery and Rowland are wonderful as a long-married couple facing a last crisis.
They exude the kind of love and understanding that comes from hard-won mileage together. But there's great chemistry in all the pairings. Anderson is fine as a theater director afraid to take a chance on her Mr. Right, Stewart. And Jolie particularly shines as a scenemaker whose tough-girl veneer masks her more heartfelt yearnings.