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THE FACE OF LOVE

Ed Harris and Annette Bening share a tender moment in  THE FACE OF LOVE
Ed Harris and Annette Bening share a tender moment in THE FACE OF LOVE

Dead ringer, the creepy colloquial, takes on the troublesome literal in this strange story of doppelganger deja vu.

Five years after being widowed, Nikki spies a guy who is the spitting image of her deceased spouse. She stalks him and discovers that he is an artist named Tom. The similarities with her dear departed are not just facial, the eyes, the sense of humour, and the artistic bent are all uncannily acute.

Still grieving she sees Tom as a reincarnation and forces an introduction, hiring him to teach her to paint. Off her head but on his face, she begins an affair, not disclosing the remarkable visage verisimilitude to the unsuspecting sap.

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELANOR RIGBY: HER

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In the opening scene Eleanor, in a fine performance by Jessica Chastain, attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge. The attempt is unsuccessful and she is pulled out of the water and taken to hospital.

The film then follows two threads. It examines the events leading up to her suicide attempt and simultaneously how Eleanor’s family and friends respond to her obvious fragility. We are taken along on Eleanor’s journey of suffering but it is a fairly pragmatic journey. She attempts various techniques to regain and restore her life, and more deeply to question what is a way to live a life and how does one know. This is not a self indulgent tale of woe instead it is an intelligent and entertaining view of living.

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