The Face Of Love Is A Thought Provoking Movie

faceofloveHave you ever seen someone walking down the street who reminds you of someone else?  Maybe it’s the way they walk, or perhaps the way they comb their hair or the tone of their voice.  What if you met someone who looked exactly the same as someone you knew?  The Face Of Love explores this possibility and raises a few questions by doing so.

Nikki (Annette Benning) and her husband are madly in love with one another, but tragedy strikes and he ends up dead on a beach in Mexico.  5 years later Nikki is still hurting from her loss when she spots Tom (Ed Harris), who happens to look exactly like her husband.  At first she is shy to introduce herself to him, but she can’t get him out of her head and continues to frequent the museum she saw him at until she can find out more about him.  When she finally gets up enough nerve to meet him, she hires him to teach her how to paint.  Tom falls in love with her, and she with him, but she never shares her secret with him.  She keeps Tom hidden from her friends and family, and when he asks her why she dodges the question.  Of course she knows her time with him can’t last forever, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to make it do so.

The chemistry between Annette Benning and Ed Harris is surprisingly strong, and it’s their performance that allows the lackluster and unbelievable script from becoming too much of a hindrance.  The movie does make you wonder what you would do in a similar situation, but by the end of it all you are mainly just wondering how  dumb can someone truly be.  The game Benning’s character is playing really starts to drag on too long, and after a few false starts, you really just want her to be caught and fess up.  You also wonder why Robin Williams agreed to be in this movie.  His role could have been played by anyone, and really could have been cut out all together.

The Face Of Love is the sort of movie you would watch on a Sunday movie after flipping through channels for a while.  It’s entertaining, but not something you would want to pay money to go see.

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