June 30, 1997 12:00 PM

THIS COULD BE THE COUPLE THAT PUT the “strange” in estranged. On June 5, just a week before Geena Davis and director Renny Harlin revealed that they had separated in April, the towering twosome sipped Evian, joked with reporters and affectionately cuddled with each other at a Los Angeles benefit. “I saw them casually strolling arm-in-arm,” says Elycia Rubin, an E! Entertainment television executive who attended the party. “They looked just like a couple.”

Indeed, Davis, 41, and the Finnish-born Harlin, 39—who’ve kept the reasons behind their breakup to themselves—have made their separation seem as oddly painless as filling out a change-of-address card. After selling their 9,000-square-foot house in Montecito, Calif., for $9.5 million last month, the couple did the Cannes Film Festival à deux and, two weeks ago, shopped together at the new Hugo Boss store in Beverly Hills. Even some who had known the pair for years were shocked. “I’ve never seen them have an argument,” says Alex Berliner, a photographer and pal who shot the pair for a Finnish magazine in Beverly Hills last year. “They are always interested in what the other has to say. They’re very close.” Says Rubin: “It’s nice to see that even though they’ve split, they’re still going out to places together.”

What role their careers played in the couple’s decision to separate isn’t known, but their vocational collaboration has been rocky. After marrying the Oscar-winning actress (and ex-wife of Jeff Goldblum) in a $700,000 Napa Valley extravaganza in 1993, Harlin, the director of Die Hard 2, made Davis an action hero in the big-budget flops Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight. Currently the pair have no fewer than six more movies in the works and, despite their estrangement, no plans to dissolve their production company, I The Forge.

Berliner, for his part, believes the couple may just be taking a breather. I Neither one, say their reps, has hired an attorney or filed for divorce. “They are still good friends,” says Annett Wolf, Harlin’s publicist. Adds Berliner: “They really enjoy each other’s company. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were still in love.”

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