The home entertainment trailer for The Last Face has been released online. Directed by Sean Penn and starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem, the film had its premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, but is only just making its way to American shores. It was released to DirecTV at the end of June and will be available both on VOD and DVD.
Ostensibly a love story, it follows Theron's Wren and Bardem's Miguel, a pair of activists and doctors who become romantically involved until Wren discovers the latter had a previous relationship with her cousin. The film is framed against a backdrop of humanitarianism, with Wren's main arc being her struggling to escape her father's shadow as she leads the humanitarian organization he founded.
Ahead of the film's domestic home video release, Lionsgate has released a trailer that gives a good taste of that plot while really highlighting Penn's directorial approach. You can check it out above.
The trailer definitely leans into the humanitarian side of the film, with the opening pre-logo section all about the unrest, only getting to the characters' relationship in the quick cutting final section. There's little of the actors' actual interaction, but individually both seem to have a lock on the roles. The real star, though, is the cinematography, with the nighttime fire scenes particularly striking and distressing. It's worth noting this is shorter than previous trails, giving a more succinct account of the film.
While the film boasts serious pedigree both in front and behind the camera, and made its debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, it's been lumbered with very poor reviews, including a slew of 1-star takes that put it at a meager 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. Of course, as a Cannes release, that's a very small pool of critical assessment and comes from a situation where reviewers are seeing sometimes four movies a day, so whether it's fully deserving of such an abysmal score is unclear. It is noticeable in the trailer there's no mention of the festival or reviews.
The film is noteworthy for starring former power couple Sean Penn and Charlize Theron; the pair started dating shortly before production began but canceled their engagement before the film was finished. This at the very least should make it a Hollywood culture curio.
The Last Face arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD September 5 from Lionsgate.