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The Last Face (2016)

A director (Charlize Theron) of an international aid agency in Africa meets a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst a political/social revolution, and together face tough choices ... See full summary »

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A director (Charlize Theron) of an international aid agency in Africa meets a relief aid doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst a political/social revolution, and together face tough choices surrounding humanitarianism and life through civil unrest.

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Rated R for strong bloody violence including disturbing images of war atrocities, language, and brief sexuality
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None of the lead actors come from the United States. Charlize Theron is from South Africa; Jean Reno from Morocco, Adele Exarchopolus from France; and Javier Bardem from Spain. See more »

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A moving picture full of emotional drama , romance and touching scenes that pays tribute to ¨Médecins Sans Frontières¨
16 March 2017 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

This is a thought-provoking and beautifully dramatic film , packing a stirring love story , though slowly paced . A chief of an international aid agency in Africa called Wren (Charlize Theron) runs the International Council in Geneva , Switzerland , coordinating the international activities common to the operational centres and directing efforts to provide medical care in acute crises , as well as raising international awareness of potential humanitarian disasters . Then , Wren arrives in Africa and meets a relief aid doctor Miguel Leon (Javier Bardem) who belongs to ¨Médecins Sans Frontières¨ (MSF , vast majority of staff are volunteers) , also known as ¨Doctors Without Borders¨ and both of whom fall in love . The doctor Wren joins a group of obstinate doctors (Adèle Exarchopoulos , Jared Harris , Jean Reno , Denise Newman) who help unfortunate and distressed African people and undergo risked operations to wounded townsfolk . The stubborn doctors expand accessibility to medical care across national boundaries and irrespective of race , religion , creed or political affiliation . Meanwhile , in Monrovia (Liberia) takes place a coup de'état , and then they get together to flee from the capital to Sierra Leona . They embark in a dangerous journey which will take various countries risking his own life and confronting nasty guerrillas . Both of them compliment each other with there destine to help the poor natives of African countries .

Intelligent drama with plenty of emotion , moving scenes and sensational performances . This is a deliberately paced flick , a satisfying journey of love , justice and self-discovery amidst political/social revolutions . It displays great feeling , thrills , and provoking melodrama in which a couple takes on strong choices surrounding humanitarianism and tough lives through civil unrest . This brooding flick sometimes results to be slow-moving , relying heavily on the long love affair ; however , being developed in sensibility and intelligence , but here is narrated ethic , moral issues with great sense of ductility and in ¨Terence Malick¨ style . "The Last Face" takes parts of the self-sacrificing doctors seen in ¨The Constant Gardener¨ by Fernando Mereilles and the bloody African wars from ¨Blood diamonds¨ by Edward Zwick . Cast is frankly good and giving top-notch interpretations . As the Spanish Javier Bardem providing an awesome acting , he grants his character a self-righteous drive that is made poignant for her determination and sheer will . Very magnetic performance by Charlize Theron who gives the right balance of self-righteousness which makes her performance more real , she also creates her character human , heart and determination with her role , not a stereotype . The movie contains thrilling and violent scenes like the breathtaking battle when the military revolutionaries going into the capital Liberia with blood and fire , as well as rampage , ravage and the indiscriminate massacres carried out by the extremely violent revolutionary guerrillas and including gory scenes , such as grisly killings in cold blood and an astonishing surgical Cesarian . Beautiful , haunting and mesmerizing cinematography by Barry Ackroyd . Perceptible , and at times rousing musical score by the prestigious composer Hans Zimmer , including some really sensitive songs in African sounds .

The motion picture was professionally -though in complex narrative filled with flashbacks- directed by Sean Penn . Here Penn tells an African story full of death and violence and presents it with impressive truth , though being both , overlong and touching. Sean tops his last directional effort with an intense drama that is moving , scary and down right forthright . Penn has proved to be a good filmmaker , such as : ¨The Indian runner¨(91) , ¨The crossing guard¨(95) , ¨The pledge¨(2001) , and ¨Into the wild¨ (2002) at his best . This "The Last Face" (2016) will appeal to Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron fans containing numerous scenes have you on the edge of your seat.


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