Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Friday, 28 March 2014 00:00

'The Face of Love' is creepy -- or deep + Video

'The Face of Love' is creepy -- or deep collider.com
Written by Martha K. Baker
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Related Video

About this Media...

  • Director: Arie Posin
  • Dates: Opens March 28, 2014

We've all had this happen: a dear one dies and we start to see her in crowds -- just the back of a head or the turn of a hand makes us think we've seen him, that the beloved is not a memory. "The Face of Love" goes beyond that. 

It goes to the extent that the man who looks like the dead is so alive that the woman falls for him. The result is either terribly creepy or a deep, profound look at mourning.

Nikki and Garrett were obviously in love -- all the flashbacks prove that. Nikki opens the movie as she sits in shadow, staring at the ocean. All is blue-grey. She remembers the night of their 30th wedding anniversary, when he is a bit blotto in Mexico. She finds him drowned the next morning and enters her mourning. Ironically, her job is that of a stager, someone who comes in to give new life to real estate, to make empty places look lived in and buyable.

She sees a man who is the double of Garrett, and she stalks him on the campus where he teaches art. She asks him to teach her in her home. In one smart move, she turns over the photo of Garrett with her and their daughter Summer. The lessons are a ruse, and he, lonely, too, does catch on -- he is ready to love her, too. And then Summer comes home, sees this man, who is her dad's doppelganger, and screams and screams. It is no wonder that this man's next question is, "What's going on here?"

"The Face of Love" is a far cry from "Truly, Madly, Deeply," which sweetly explored love after death. It was co-written and directed by Arie Posin, who based the plot on an experience his widowed mother had. But Posen added aspects of that old weeper "Love Story" that don't help "The Face of Love" become more than an excuse to cry.

Annette Bening is appealing as Nikki in her mournful anguish, as she transitions from happy old wife to haggard new widow to happy seductress. Ed Harris is both sexy and darling as Garrett and appropriately befuddled as Tom. Robin Williams is a placeholder, and little else, as the recently widowed neighbor, who pines for Nikki. Jess Weixler, who plays an investigator on "Good Wife," is convincing as daughter Summer.

Posin's camera caresses the stairs and doors of the L.A. County Museum of Art like Garrett caresses Nikki's neck there. Posen moves effortlessly between the backstory and the current tale, but he's still produced a rather creepy soap opera. 

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


Lida Una

Sun October 5

Brian Owens

Mon September 29
Brian Owens is an American soul singer and songwriter from St. Louis. His new album Preach combines grooves, with soul touching lyrics.. Preach is a well produced album that speaks to the modern times,…

KDHX Recommends

October
Thursday
23

Discovery Series: Crossroads in the Blues

KDHX presents "Crossroads in the Blues" as part of the Discovery Series. Series passports can be bought online. Ron Edwards of KDHX's "Nothin' But the Blues" provides a guide through pivotal moments in...


October
Saturday
25

KDHX Reggae Soundclash

St. Louis area DJs and sound systems meet at the Stage at KDHX for a reggae soundclash. The event pits Dub Prophecy vs. Massive Hi Fi in a “friendly clash” – alternating sets of the toughest sounds and the best of...


November
Thursday
06

Discovery Series: All The News That's Fit To Sing: The State of Protest Music in...

KDHX presents "All The News That's Fit To Sing: The State of Protest Music in 1968" as part of the Discovery Series. Series passports can be bought online. This event looks at the music and activism of 1968, through...


Online Users

6 users and 11858 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook