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.

Special Presentations

The Face of Love

Arie Posin

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.

Cameron Bailey

Screenings

Tue Sep 10

Scotiabank 10

Industry
2:00pm
Thu Sep 12

Visa Screening Room (Elgin)

Premium
6:00pm
Fri Sep 13

Scotiabank 14

Regular
3:00pm