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Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris), Nikki (Annette Bening) meets a man who seems to be his exact double. Arie Posin directs this emotionally thorny drama about how we cope with loss, live in the moment, and ultimately move forward.
Annette Bening has always brought an
emotional toughness to her best roles, so
it's remarkable in The Face of Love to watch
her play a woman on the verge of breaking.
Working opposite the always-reliable Ed
Harris, she is as precise as ever, but her
performance here also reveals a surprising
vulnerability. This is a film that demands to
be seen by all who count themselves fans.
Five years after the death of her beloved
husband Garrett (Ed Harris), Nikki
(Bening) meets a man who seems his exact
duplicate. Not only does this stranger
possess the same deeply lined face and
startling blue eyes, he also shares Garrett's
kindness, humour, and passion for art. And
yet he is a stranger.
Romance blossoms between Nikki and
this alluring doppelgänger, but she can't
bring herself to tell him the truth about
what drew her to him. So she hides her photos
and prevents him from meeting friends
and family. Still, she can't resist taking him
to all the old haunts. It isn't a question of if
the truth will come out, but when.
The premise of The Face of Love is
intriguing to anyone who's found it hard
to shake the hold of a lost lover. But it's the
performances that make this film resonate.
Robin Williams is affecting in a supporting
role as a friend of Nikki's who yearns for
something closer. Harris, who plays both
husband and lover, delivers subtly different
characterizations. And Bening is a pleasure
to watch in every scene. An emotionally
thorny drama about how we cope with loss,
director Arie Posin's The Face of Love dramatizes
the challenge of moving on.
- Arie Posin
- Arie Posin was born in Israel and
raised in Canada and the USA. He
studied film at the University of
Southern California. His films include
the short Over My Dead Body (02),
and the features The Chumscrubber
(05) and The Face of Love (13).