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The Last Face (2016)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Wren
Javier Bardem ... Miguel Leon
Brandon Phillips Brandon Phillips ... Youth Orchestra Conductor
Anna Strelkov Anna Strelkov ... Sand Painter
Mark De Villiers Mark De Villiers ... Wren's Father
Amy Harries-Jones Amy Harries-Jones ... Young Wren
Obed Baloi Obed Baloi ... Alif (as Obed Baloyi)
Xavier Guichard Xavier Guichard ... UN Student
Jiji Kongolo Jiji Kongolo ... UN Student
Hopper Penn ... Billy Boggs (as Hopper Jack Penn)
Atlas James King Atlas James King ... Mahmoud
William Mkunziza William Mkunziza ... Sudanese National
Halima Abdul Aziz Halima Abdul Aziz ... 9 Yr. Old African Girl
Abdul Aziz Abubakar Abdul Aziz Abubakar ... Patient Girl's Father
Vaneshran Arumugam Vaneshran Arumugam ... East Indian UN Staffer


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence including disturbing images of war atrocities, language, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó próba See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


None of the lead actors come from the United States. Charlize Theron is from South Africa; Jean Reno from France , Adele Exarchopolus from France; and Javier Bardem from Spain. See more »


Injured Patient: Thank you, in the name of Jesus.
Miguel Leon: In the name of Jesus?
Miguel Leon: I prefer it in the name of you and me?
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Peace Train
Written by Cat Stevens (as Yusuf Islam)
Performed by Cat Stevens
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Falls to pieces after a strong start
6 September 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a female doctor who goes to Africa for a humanitarian mission. She witnesses many horrors on both a personal and transpersonal level.

"The Last Face" starts off strong by depicting an African community that is savaged by war. The humanitarian workers do what they can with limited resources, amid dangers around them. This transpersonal altruism is to be applauded. However, the film then descends into a Tesla romantic drama. I honestly don't care for their relationships. I actually know for a fact that romance is discouraged in these humanitarian projects, so the film loses credibility once romance is touched upon. What makes it worse is that there is this health scare in the middle of the story, and it is not followed up again. It is a pity, as a film about humanitarian missions could have been tear jerking.

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