Random Hearts


(out of 5)

Valiant but unfortunately disastrous effort to bring out the more serious side of , with director Sydney Pollack also trying to recapture the mellow romanticism of his stunning Out of Africa with minimal results. Ford’s wife dies in a tragic plane accident, the aftermath revealing that the man she was sitting beside was her longtime lover. Meeting with the lover’s wife () brings Ford a turbulent but necessary friendship that courts possible romance but is doubtful of reaching full fruition in that regard. The bulk of the film’s massive running time is spent watching Ford wander from place to place discovering new and more volatile information about his wife, but with so little dynamism in his face that experience is pretty flat. Supporting performances by  and  look to be going somewhere and then never come full circle in this film based on the celebrated novel, a project Ford pursued for years and sadly became one of his worst critically-rated fiascoes. On the plus side, there is gorgeous photography, first-rate production design and the magnificent Scott Thomas, who wipes up the floor with her co-star.

USA, 1999

Directed by 

Screenplay by , adaptation by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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