The Face of Love

Arie Posin + The Face of Love
Sunday, June 16 th, 2019 at 00:06 am Dr Joy Browne
Director (s):
Arie Posin
Robin Williams, Annette Bening, Ed Harris

The Face of Love stars Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams, this is one of those movies, the good news is that you get to see people with wrinkles falling in love and being passionate about one another. The bad news is that it is one of those stories that if everyone was honest from the beginning, there wouldn’t be a plot, which drives me nuts. We see Annette Bening being madly passionately in love with her husband who is played by Ed Harris, to extent that they are celebrating their 30th anniversary in Mexico someplace, he decides to go swimming, and I’m not giving away much of the plot, to say that he drowns. She is then devastated and lonely and unhappy living in this huge mausoleum of a house that he designed for her, she has a job, kind of, in that she stages houses, and as Ed says at one point, filling empty spaces with life, which I guess is supposed to be the metaphor of the movie. she decides on a whim to back to the museum which was too painful to visit after he died and runs into his doppleganger, and god forbid she should walk up to him and say “you look a lot like my ex-husband”…and that would have been the end of the movie. She then tracks him down, and pretends to take his class, the point is, if she had just bothered to say “wow, you really look like my ex-husband and I still have these feelings about him,” and it turns our that he has a secret as well. Even though the movie is only 90 minutes, its kind of tedious in that you just kind of want to shake both of them and say “you’re both adults, stop playing stupid games and just be honest with each other.” The good news is the acting is good, and its fun to see wrinkly people falling in love. The bad news is that it is a bit improbable, and you would think that at some point people are old enough to stop playing games. So in terms of casting, I would give it 4 stars, in terms of plot, 1.5, so I guess I will give 3 stars.