January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Lord knows, ’99 will not produce a movie as easy on the eyes as The Talented Mr. Ripley. Directed by Anthony Minghella (responsible for lush-looking English Patient) Ripley stars impossibly attractive foursome Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, and Matt Damon (swerving away from type to play a sophisticated murderer luxuriating in Italy). While there’s enough betrayal and passion to fill a season’s worth of soaps, Damon’s most shocking desire remains unrequited. ”It’s this bizarre lust triangle between me and Matt and Jude,” explains Paltrow. ”Matt falls in love with Jude…[but] no sex is involved. It’s very interesting but very weird.”

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