A year ago at the Cannes Film Festival, I sat in a theater for the debut of Sean Penn’s latest directorial effort, The Last Face, as the audience began snickering a minute into the screening, when an overwrought opening title card appeared comparing the horrors of the Liberian Civil War and the crisis in South Sudan to “the brutality of an impossible love shared by a man… and a woman.” It had been one of the most anticipated movies of the festival: Penn’s first foray behind the camera since 2007’s Into The Wild — directing Charlize Theron, whom he’d been dating during filming but who’d broken up with him the last time they were at Cannes a year prior. The snickering didn’t stop, despite the movie’s being a very earnest look at (white) humanitarian doctors saving African lives. And then Penn and Theron had to endure a very awkward press conference, with co-lead Javier Bardem sitting between them, perhaps as a buffer.
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