The Last Face
Directed by Sean Penn
Miguel, a heroic Spanish doctor, puts himself in harm's way to deliver medical treatment to the victims of military uprisings in Africa.
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★★★½ review by Drewgrit on Letterboxd
Great cast,good movie about doctors and nurses in unbelievable circumstances trying to do the best they can. Very well done.
★★★★ review by Mac on Letterboxd
How this has a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes is beyond me. Though this is not a great film, it is an important film that deserves to be seen. Sean Penn and Co. have the best intentions to make this but loose focus on the humanitarians themselves and leak into an overly dramatized romance.
But when the film focuses on the humanitarians themselves, it is a gut wrenching story that I couldn't fathom how true it really is.
We need to keep in our heads all that is happening in the Sudan as I find its terror is underscored and not getting its true attention. But the people over there helping are beyond us all, may we keep them all in our heads until the unrest ends.
There is a line that really stuck with me on the refugee crisis that is said here that needs to be heard. She says:
Dreams are not luxuries. They are essentials.
★★★★ review by Anderson Castro on Letterboxd
O arco humanitário é comovente e brilhantemente bem realizado, algo que não acontece com a parte romântica dos protagonistas, ainda assim um filme formidável e infelizmente subjulgado.
★★★½ review by Wolfgang on Letterboxd
Not sure why everyone is so negative about this film… perhaps there are just movie experts here who are expecting way more from a movie and are watching for different things than I do. I think this movie has a story worth telling, and it is not the love story inside. In all fairness, not the most compelling love story. But I think the two main actors did a good enough job. There were plenty of moments I found captivating and shocking at the same time, lots of things grepped my attention, many things to think about … my respect to all the people to do this kind of work in real life. The topic doesn’t make the movie ‘entertaining’, but well worth watching, thinking about, and remembering how blessed we (most of us) are in the ‘western’ part of the world. Beside that, I can think of tons of things I could have done different to the movie/with the topic, but I’m not a director, a doctor, or have any other kind of background in this area. As a reasonable ‘normal’ person (IMO) – this is a something to watch/remember/discuss…
★★★½ review by Matt Thomas on Letterboxd
Quite remarkable considering this is a film directed by Sean Penn and stars Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem and Adele Exarchopoulos that I'd never heard any mention of it since its Palme d'Or nomination. Slipping out onto Netflix feels like an inadequate way to handle this. Yes, it's a bit worthy and obviously a passion project, but there's plenty to enjoy too. Strong performances, coherent messages, and challenging themes/locations. Worth 2 hours of your time.
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