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NY1 Movie Review: 'The Face of Love'

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Annette Bening and Ed Harris star in "The Face of Love," a new romantic drama about a widow who has a love affair with a man who is the spitting image of her late husband. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.

Annette Bening and Ed Harris team up in a new romantic drama with an eerie premise. It's called "The Face Of Love."

Bening plays Nikki, a widow whose late husband, a talented architect named Garrett, drowned while they were vacationing in Mexico.

Five years later, she's still mourning his loss. During a trip to a museum, she spots a man who's looks exactly like Garrett. His name is Tom, and he's an artist played by Ed Harris, who also plays Garrett, seen periodically in flashbacks.

Nikki sort of stalks Tom, finds out that he also teaches art, and soon enlists him for private lessons at the luxurious home that her late husband built. Tom quickly falls head over heels for her, but he has no idea of the real reason why Nikki looks at him so lovingly.

The delusional Nikki refuses to tell Tom the truth and hides him from her friends and family. When the inevitable does occasionally happen, like when her daughter unexpectedly shows up, fireworks naturally ensue.

Robin Williams is also on hand as her neighbor, who longs to be in a relationship with Nikki himself.

Bening and Harris give top-notch performances, and they're one of the reasons to check this out. It's also fun to see Harris painting again, which he did so admirably several years ago in the film "Pollack."

The storyline, with a tip of the hat to Hitchcock's "Vertigo," held my interest throughout. The problem is that the last 15 minutes of the film, which I won't give away, degenerates into some sort of silly 1940s or '50s soapy melodrama. But despite the cheesy final reel, it's still an engaging film.

Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: Three apples

Follow Neil Rosen on Twitter @NeilRosenApples.

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