The Face of Love


The Face of Love is an emotionally rich, psychologically complex drama about how we cope with loss, live in the moment and ultimately move forward. Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett (Ed Harris), Nikki (Annette Bening) meets a man named Tom (also played by Ed Harris) 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, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. Suddenly, a flood of old feelings rush back to her: she’s met the love of her life. Again. 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. Along the way, Nikki must also balance her romantic obsession with Tom with her complicated relationship with a kindly confidante and would-be lover, played by Robin Williams. (Dir. by Ari Posen, 2013, USA, 92 mins., Rated PG-13, IFC Films) Digital