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Film Review: “The Face Of Love” (2013)


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Directed by: Arie Posin

Written by: Matthew McDuffie, Arie Posin

Cast: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Amy Brenneman, Jess Weixler and Robin Williams

After 30 years of a wonderful marriage, Nikki (Annette Bening) loses her perfect love, her husband Garrett, to a freak drowning accident in Mexico. After five years as a  widow she still mourns her husband and sees him almost everywhere. After all these years, she finally decides to move on, until the moment when she meets Tom (Ed Harris), who looks exactly like her deceased husband.  Nikki tries to keep him a secret from her family and friends while she fantasizes of a continued love with the man of her dreams.

“The Face Of Love” once again proves that Annette Bening is still one of the finest actresses in Hollywood. Her ability to not just perform, but to disappear completely into her character, fascinates me. I truly start to believe that, she really is,  falling for Ed Harris (Tom/Garrett).

“The Face of love” is the story of a widow named Nikki (Annette Bening) who, five years after the loss of her beloved husband Garrett, meets her husband`s  exact double. It seems, she cannot get over her husband`s death and she desperately tries to find a man who looks exactly like Garrett. When she finds him she gets a second chance to start all over again, with  a man, who is not her husband, but the one who will still make her believe that the love of her life is still with her and did not really leave. She tries to hide her relationship from everyone, even from her daughter. She begins treating him as if he is Garrett and, because of this, her grieving process starts all over again.  When Tom finds out the truth about their relationship, Nikki comes face to face with reality… Can she handle the truth, can he? We find out the answer to these questions at the end of the film.

The story of Nikki starts very slow, but you feel that it`s necessary to give some time to develop the story, which makes it easier to follow. It is not a Hollywood type film – and it`s not for everyone. The reason I say this is NOT because it’s a bad film, or uninteresting, but because it`s an astonishingly beautiful film.

However, I would not recommend this film for a widow or widower. It is a very depressing, sad film about a woman who refuses to believe that her husband has died and begins to fantasize about a relationship with someone who looks exactly like him. Nikki is a very emotional and deeply depressed woman. However, “The Face of Love” is not about a woman who is trying to get on with her life. It`s a story about a woman who finds a way to remain immobile and not to get on with her life.

“The Face of love”,directed by Arie Posin, is an absolute delight to watch, especially since  it comes with an astounding, and very committed, cast. Annette Bening and Ed

Harris‘s connection is amazing; they both were able to create something special on the screen. Their conversation simply flowed and the way they look at each other is truly amazing, as if they are falling in love in real life. Their performance was truly magnificent.

“The Face of Love” has everything to win your heart. It will keep you thinking throughout the film about who, why, and how, we love. Because only in the face of love Nikki was able to see a pure love; a person she loved her whole life.

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About Ulkar Alakbarova (1073 Articles)
My name is Ulkar Alakbarova. A wonderful name, is it not? I come from the exotic land of Azerbaijan but now I live in the hub of Hollywood North – Toronto, Canada. How lucky I am to be able to enjoy and indulge in my favourite avocation of watching movies. Movies of every genre are screened here in Toronto. There are black and white classics, avant garde, independently produced, and of course, newly released movies for all to enjoy. Let me share this treasure of entertainment with you. Read my thoughts and opinions then let me know if you agree.

7 Comments on Film Review: “The Face Of Love” (2013)

  1. Interesting review. Not sure if the concept if my thing but glad that it turned to be a very worthwhile viewing for you. Sounds like a tough and emotional experience. I wonder why critics were so hard on this one!

  2. Critics most of time don`t understand the point of the film. And this is sad. You know, “The Face of Love” is not for everyone. It`s pretty tough film to watch.

  3. What you have written here is going to make me watch this movie, rather than anything else 🙂
    Btw, did I tell you that I loved Dogville which you had recommended?

    • You just made me happy saying that. Dogville is wonderful character study film. Did you write a review yet? You must do it, ok? I want to read it!:)

      • I did have lot in my mind then, but I am not writing about it right now; as I am decreasing the number of movies I watch & write about nowadays. Its been sometime after watching it and I am more focused on another blog now which I just started and sharing my thoughts about random thoughts 🙂
        Thanks for the recommendation; recommendations of movies never really worked this well for me 🙂

      • Please share with me your new blog. I want to read your writing. I also took kind of break from writing because of the FIFA World Cup:) Thanks God, it`s ends this weekend!

      • I did come up with a small writing on Dogville in the new blog 🙂
        http://theteacerebration.wordpress.com

        I also took kind of a break with Wimbledon & yes the FIFA WC always has us taking breaks 😀 I brought up that blog to handle the thoughts in between 🙂

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