Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, The Last Face

Saban Films

With the end of the year approaching, Hollywood's A-list stars are rolling out their latest projects, among them Sean Penn's The Last Face

The Oscar winner stepped behind the camera for the fifth time to direct the star-studded drama featuring his ex, Oscar winner Charlize Theron, in the leading role as Wren, a director of an international aid agency. The stars famously dated during filming in 2014, but split the following year. 

However, as is highlighted in the film's first trailer, The Last Face focuses on a different romance between Theron's character and a relief surgeon named Miguel, portrayed by Javier Bardem. The two meet in war-torn West Africa during a political and social revolution.

However, as they face life-threatening and overwhelming challenges at work, their relationship simultaneously begins to disintegrate upon a certain personal revelation. 

Outside of Africa, the film was not met with warm reviews when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May. While the broken up Theron and Penn made sure to pose far away from each other during group photos on the red carpet, critics were preoccupied with writing negative recaps of Penn's latest work. 

"[The Last Face is] an extended Band Aid video, shoddily assembled to be screened at galas filled with the guilty elite sipping champagne while frowning at close-ups of tearful orphans," The Guardian's Benjamin Lee wrote of the film.

Penn addressed the criticism during the official Cannes press conference for the movie, saying, "I finished the film. It's not a discussion I can be of any value to. I'm certain that everyone is going to be well entitled to their response."

With the release of the new trailer, fans can form their own first impressions of the project. So, what did you think? Sound off in the comments!

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