Friday, August 8, 2014

CineFiles: The Last Days and The Face of Love

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

The Last Days, available from IFC Midnight.
  • The Last Days, available from IFC Midnight.

The Last Days (Not Rated)
IFC Midnight

As Ebola fever strikes America, what better way to fan the flames of viral fear than a movie about an unstoppable disease that does its damnedest to end all life on Earth? In the evocative Spanish film The Last Days, instead of puking their guts up, the world's inhabitants are struck with more of a psychological sickness: mass psychosis of agoraphobia, wherein the entire population becomes afraid to go outside, almost immediately breaking into heart attacks as soon as they step one foot under the sky. This is going to make Marc’s search for his beloved (and pregnant) girlfriend difficult. He's teaming with a stodgy old man to scour and explore Barcelona’s sewers armed with little more than a flashlight and a GPS as they face bandits, thugs and disappointment on the dark road to redemption. Directed by Alex and David Pastor, The Last Days is a subtle look at the breakdown of a society against its will, with emotional consequences that are just as powerful as they are white-knuckling.

The Face of Love (Rated PG-13)
IFC Films

Annette Bening stars as a widow, still heartbroken and quietly grieving over the loss of her husband (Ed Harris), five or so years ago. As the world moves on, Bening does everything in her power to make it through the day, something that she seems to be doing successfully enough until one day, at her local museum, she runs in her husband’s doppelganger, also played by Ed Harris. As she tries to reconcile this secret into a new relationship, she desperately has to figure out exactly what is it she’s clinging to and if it’s what she should be clinging to in the first place. Both Bening and Harris give deeply rich performances, in a movie that is an extremely mature, extremely heart-rending look at true love and second chances, all under the most fantastical of circumstances.


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