August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

STARRING Sean Connery, Gena Rowlands, Ryan Phillippe, Angelina Jolie, Ellen Burstyn, Gillian Anderson, Dennis Quaid, Jay Mohr, Anthony Edwards

DIRECTED BY Willard Carroll

And now for the strangest title of the season. ”I heard the adage ‘Talking about music is like dancing about architecture,’ and I thought it was something you could say about love instead of music,” says Carroll (The Runestone), who subsequently set out to write ”a film about a group of people talking about the most important thing — our emotions.” The chorus of talkers includes the distinctive sounds of Rowlands and Connery as couple whose long marriage faces a crisis. ”The general perception is that love exists and has its ups and downs until you’re 40, and then it quiets down,” says Rowlands. ”People don’t realize the battle goes on until you die.” (Dec. 18)

THE LOWDOWN Tough title. Here’s another phrase: worrying about marketing.

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