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.
The Face of Love
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.