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Film Review - The Last Face


If there has to be a movie about the experiences of humanitarian workers, it should come from Sean Penn. The actor, activist, and aid organizer returns to direction after nearly a decade away (last helming 2007’s “Into the Wild”) with “The Last Face,” working with writer Erin Dignam to explore the struggles of those who choose to help in areas of the world the rest of humanity works very hard to ignore. It’s debatable to suggest there’s some type of audience for the feature, with the tanking of 2003’s “Beyond Borders” identifying audience indifference to tales of sacrifice and unspeakable violence. Weirdly, while the picture is horrific at times, Penn remains in a romantic mood, trying to make “The Last Face” about two people in love, with the bloody disarray of Western Africa background decoration to the saga of doctors who are so moved by the call of philanthropy, they spend more time on their doomed relationship than they do on the ills of the region.  Read the rest at


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