The Face of Love (2014)
Critic Consensus: Perhaps worth checking out if only for the opportunity to see reliably powerful work from Annette Bening and Ed Harris, The Face of Love undermines its leads' performances with a scattershot script and aimless direction.
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Many are going to find the plot questionable and the protagonist's actions deplorable. But for those who've experienced loss and grief that seems irreparable, it is a film that will strike a deep and melancholy chord.
Old age, romance, grief, delusion and desperation all intersect in "The Face of Love," a far-fetched tale that nevertheless manages to be affecting.
What's mesmerizing here is what happens in Bening's eyes, in her complicated smiles, in her eloquent quiet.
Bening and Harris are great actors, and they fill their roles as completely as they can, given the limitations of the soggy and implausible script by Matthew McDuffie and director Arie Posin.
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Shame on the critics. We really should judge films on the many and varied ways they can shine or fall down. This was an excellent film although more suited to adult audiences with the right disposition. I was really unsure how this film was going to end, and it did not disappoint. The doppelganger aspect of the story was totally believable and it was a pleasure to watch the two leads weave their spell. A gem.
The intention was surely a love story but here we have creepiness as a woman pursues a man who looks exactly like her dead husband. The actors work well however in that creepiness up until the film makers take the easy out of an ending with a bow on top.
Annette Bening and Ed Harris up against pure corn and soap.
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