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The Last Face (2016)

R | | Drama | 28 July 2017 (USA)
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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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Erin Dignam
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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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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The young musicians featured are members of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and were filmed in the iconic Cape Town CIty Hall. See more »


Miguel Leon: Was your father away too much?
Wren: I think children spell love "T-I-M-E"
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Peace Train
Written by Cat Stevens (as Yusuf Islam)
Performed by Cat Stevens
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Thought Provoking
13 May 2017 | by slhma-86182See all my reviews

First,let me respond to all the negative reviews of this film.Oh the self-righteousness! Oh the humanity! Yes,this movie is a love story that takes place in Africa amidst turmoil and terror,and yes-its the Africans who are the victims in this movie-not the "white saviors". It never claimed to be anything else. Before I review the actually film,I have to ask people who rated this movie negatively solely for its "white saviors of black people" premise; is it a crime for white people to go to Africa to try to help Africans and also fall in love with each other?In your outrage at believing this movie undermines the humanity of Africans, you strip the white characters of their humanity.I've fought racism all my life whenever the opportunity presented itself,and am a firm supporter of Black Lives Matter.Of course a non-black person cannot say they are anti-racism without immediately condemning themselves to scrutiny and "aha's!" from others.Skipping the am I racist rant,I just could not understand why just about everyone immediately condemned the white lovers/activists for daring to be in Africa to help refugees of war and audaciously fall in love. Should white people stay out of Africa? Yes if they are there to exploit.If they are there to help,then by all means..help.

The film is gorgeous.Charline steals the show once again. The brutality,horror and hellishness of what Africans face is not watered down,not reduced to art.It is full in your face truth.Its funny how people who hate the white activists also seem to ignore the horrors that Africans face in their desperate self righteousness. Throw the baby out with the bathwater I guess? This stunningly beautiful film will stay with me a long time,and I already know it belongs with my other favorites of this genre...which also received poor reviews for the white savior premise....Keys to the Kingdom and The Revenant.White people who bridged the gap between cultures and ethnicities rather than be hateful,violent and racist.These types of movies really tick people off.Tough.The world needs more bridges,less hate and condemnation. The Last Face is a precious gem for that reason...if you happen to go to Africa as an activist, and you want to make a difference in the lives of Africans who have suffered(often because of the west's exploitive racist ways) ...don't feel guilty ,even if you fall in love....

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