Is love really lovelier, as the song goes, the second time around? In The Face of Love, an uneven but polished and emotionally compelling love story starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris, the question gets a challenging new slant. She’s a lonely, grief-stricken widow named Nikki whose husband of 30 perfect years (Mr. Harris) dies in a boating accident on a vacation in Mexico, leaving a once-vibrant woman fragile, despondent and unable to find much interest in life. Anyone who knows what real loss is will identify with what she’s going through, and Ms. Bening does a touching, masterful job of conveying real emotional pain. Read More
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