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Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris), Nikki (Annette Bening) meets Tom, a man who seems to be Garrett s exact duplicate. Not only does Tom possess the same physical characteristics, but he also shares Garrett's kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. As romance blossoms between Nikki and Tom, she finds she can't bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. But as their relationship progresses, it becomes not a question of if the truth will come out, but when. Director Arie Posin s (The Chumscrubber) THE FACE OF LOVE is an emotionally thorny drama about how we cope with loss, live in the moment and ultimately move forward.


Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Behind the Scenes, Interviews, Commentary, Trailer

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  • Actors: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams
  • Directors: Arie Posin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JK7QTZE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It is both sad and a little crazy that a movie headlined by Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams could fly so completely under the radar as "The Face of Love." Truthfully, I could watch Bening in almost anything and Harris has long since proven to be one of our most reliable character actors. Their pairing is the primary reason to check out this endeavor by writer/director Arie Posin (with a co-writing credit going to Matthew McDuffie). I was a fan of Posin's earlier film effort, "The Chumscrubber," with its over-the-top portrait of suburban unrest. Here, though, he goes for something distinctly more earnest and heartfelt. The result, despite nice performances, is terribly uneven. Bening makes the most of her character and she and Harris have chemistry to spare, but the movie never decides exactly what it wants to be. Is it a heartfelt romance? Or maybe a portrait of obsessive love? The screenplay hedges it bets and wants it both ways. So what might have been searing and memorable character study leaves many of its most important moments off screen. It is still watchable, to be sure, it just never quite fulfills its promise.

Bening plays a widow still lamenting the death of her husband after five years. Disconnected from life, she is still supposedly a successful house stager and neither time or money is ever an issue. I love how affluent people are the only ones that ever have the time in movies to grieve. When she sees a man who looks just like her deceased husband (Harris), she becomes obsessed with tracking him down. You'd think this might be complicated in Los Angeles, but Bening meets the challenge head-on with little problem. When the two get together, he quickly becomes enamored of her despite the fact that she falls apart at their first meeting.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ebo on July 16, 2014
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The story, unbelievable as it was, felt so very true. I could watch these two characters endlessly because what they had between them affected me. The movie felt like a stirring poem. It was quiet but intense, too. Bening and Harris were good together and Robin Williams was better than I have seen him in a long time. If you like movies that go for the heart and mind, you really might like this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Fechter on August 20, 2014
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Nikki's (Annette Bening) husband, Garrett, is portrayed by a semi facially-altered Ed Harris in a dual role. He has passed away after thirty years of marriage to a now heartbroken Nikki. She took each and every bit of his belongings and all reminders away from their home, as the pain of seeing them was too much for Nikki to bear. The story moves ahead five years in modern day Los Angeles with its lovely Art Museum and city shots (photography by Antonio Riestra). All through the present days her memory goes back in time and relives the memories she had with him right to their hideaway in Mexico. She and Garrett have a grown daughter, Summer (Jess Weixler), who is living away from home. Nikki's neighbor across the street, Roger, portrayed by Robin Williams, doesn't share much screen time but is effective in his role and an interesting character in the movie. Williams has a shy charm and a slightly possessive regard for the 'possibility' of Nikki as a relationship in time, or is just envious of how strong her love with Garrett had been. Besides being a friend to Nikki for so long, they share the fact that their spouses have passed away and have this in common. I feel that the role of Roger is involved in the story to show that one friend has gone through the grief process while the other has not, or has gotten lost along the way.

Tom (Harris, again) then appears to an astounded Nikki; his exact double, a doppelganger right in front of her eyes? Was I supposed to suspend all of my disbelief for this to play out for me? Not usually being very critical, I decided to go with the flow here and what this story did for me was become a suspenseful challenge that actually ended up winning me over. While I felt that there was not too much in the character building for Garrett beforehand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pilates lover on September 26, 2014
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I was intrigued by the plot and loved all the actor's but didn't quite know what to expect. It seemed a little slow going but built up in suspense and then seemed to fizzle a bit toward the end. I felt Annette Bening's character Nicki's pain and her fragile sanity very well and felt myself holding my breath a couple of times thinking she was going to have a complete break with reality.
The ending, not to give much away, wasn't anticipated but I also didn't expect a fairy tale ending either. I wish there was more dialogue with Tom and Nicki at the end but that you had to imagine what was said and facial expressions did say a lot.
I love Robin Williams and other than wanting to work with the actors involved, I don't know why he took a part so underused. Even when he spots her husband's "double" his face is expressionless compared to Nicki's daughter's very explosive reaction. I know that must have been the director's choice but it seemed odd to me since he was such good fiends with them.

I'm glad I watched it but it could have been even better with all the talent involved.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on July 31, 2014
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They say that everyone has a doppelganger. They say that out there you have a double. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet them?

Oh wait, I’m mixing up my ‘double’ movies. This isn’t ‘Enemy’.

Let’s start over.

Have you ever walked up to someone all excited, calling out a name, only to find that that person is not who you thought they were? We’ve all done it. I do it almost every week when my wife decides she’s going to wander Target and I have to try and locate her with three kids in tow. But, I’m not really talking about that “they have the same color hair and I think that’s the shirt my wife was wearing this morning” kind of mistake. I’m talking about those moments where you see someone from afar…you see their FACE…and you know that they are someone who they eventually wind up not being. What if you swore it was someone who has died? What if it was your dead husband?

In ‘The Face of Love’, Nikki faces this very situation. Five years after the tragic drowning of her husband, Garrett, Nikki is still mourning. He was the love of her life, and she can’t let go. She had to remove every reminder of him from her life, trying to distance herself from his memory, but she just can’t move on. Then something unexplainable happens. She sees, from a distance, a man who she swears is her husband. She shrugs it off, but she can’t let it go, and so she stalks him, finds out where he works, Googles his name and winds up standing in his classroom (he’s an art teacher), asking him for private art lessons.

Of course, they fall in love.
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