Mirror Has Two Faces
  • Mirror Has Two Faces
  • Mirror Has Two Faces

Mirror Has Two Faces

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Cast: Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Lauren Bacall, Pierce Brosnan

     
 

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In this romantic comedy-drama, a couple learns that the relationship between the mind and the body can take many different forms. Rose Morgan (Barbra Streisand) is a plain and pudgy middle-aged college English professor who shares a house with her mother, Hannah (Lauren Bacall). Rose got the brains in her family, but her sister Claire (Mimi Rogers) got the good looks,… See more details below

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In this romantic comedy-drama, a couple learns that the relationship between the mind and the body can take many different forms. Rose Morgan (Barbra Streisand) is a plain and pudgy middle-aged college English professor who shares a house with her mother, Hannah (Lauren Bacall). Rose got the brains in her family, but her sister Claire (Mimi Rogers) got the good looks, and as Claire prepares for her wedding to Alex (Pierce Brosnon), Rose can't help but despair over the blank page that is her love life, especially since she's long had a crush on Alex. Gregory Larkin (Jeff Bridges) teaches mathematics at the same school as Rose, and he has come to the conclusion that sex serves no purpose but to complicate relationships between men and women; after a series of disastrous romantic affairs, Gregory is looking for an intellectual relationship with a woman -- and nothing more. One day, Gregory passes by Rose's lecture hall as she discusses the role of chaste love in literature, and he's intrigued; he takes her out on a date and is impressed by Rose's quick wit and broad range of knowledge. Gregory is so taken with Rose that he proposes marriage, but under the condition that theirs be strictly a meeting of the minds, without sexual relations. While Rose is very much attracted to the handsome mathematician, the prospect of spending the rest of her life either alone or with Hannah seems far worse than a marriage without passion, and she agrees to his proposal. However, Rose's affection for Gregory makes it difficult for her to stop with a handshake, and one night she puts on her best nightgown and attempts to seduce her husband, much to Gregory's annoyance and confusion. Gregory leaves on a lecture tour shortly afterward, and after Hannah reassures a heartbroken Rose that she was beautiful as a child, Rose goes on a crash course in self improvement. She goes on a diet, starts working out, changes her hairstyle, learns a few makeup tricks, and revamps her wardrobe, and by the time Gregory returns, he discovers that there's a very different woman in the twin bed next to his own. The Mirror Has Two Faces, based on the 1958 French comedy Le Miror a Deux Faces, was Barbra Streisand's third project as a director; she also served as co-producer and helped compose the film's theme song, "I Finally Found Someone."

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The Mirror Has Two Faces finds Barbra Streisand making the mature choice, as both an actor and a director, to look at herself objectively, and cast herself accordingly. The result is a welcome addition to the genre of relationship films featuring self-deprecating New Yorkers. By finally acknowledging that she is the brains of the family, and casting another actress (Mimi Rogers) as the looks, Streisand frees herself up for some wickedly personal humor that strikes a deeper chord for its honesty. Richard LaGravenese's writing shines most brightly during Streisand's lectures to her university students, which also showcase her acting at its most natural and relaxed. In several masterful scenes, she couches the film's themes in the language of classroom debate, as insightful as it is irreverent, and all the more impressive because it demonstrates her easy nature and sharp sense of humor. There's plenty of humor beyond the classroom walls, from Streisand's ironic laments ("Why put makeup on? It's still me, only in color") to the physical and emotional awkwardness of Jeff Bridges' fuddy-duddy. Streisand does revert to "aren't I pretty?" mode on occasion, as when her elaborate makeover proves enough to win the affections of the shallow hunk played by Pierce Brosnan. For the most part, however, The Mirror Has Two Faces is a smart consideration of the regrettable dichotomy between intellectual and physical love, and whether it is okay to settle for one if you can't have the other.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/1998
UPC:
0043396825291
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
3,718

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Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Rose Morgan
Jeff Bridges Gregory Larkin
Lauren Bacall Hannah Morgan
Pierce Brosnan Alex
Mimi Rogers Claire
Elle MacPherson Candy
George Segal Henry Fine
Brenda Vaccaro Doris
Austin Pendleton Barry
Leslie Stefanson Sara Myers

Technical Credits
Barbra Streisand Director,Songwriter,Producer
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Theresa Carriker-Thayer Art Director
Cis Corman Executive Producer
Bonnie Finnegan Casting
Marvin Hamlisch Songwriter
John Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Tom John Production Designer
Richard LaGravenese Screenwriter
Arnon Milchan Producer
Thomas Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
Gérard Oury Screenwriter
Amy Sayres Asst. Director
Ronald L. Schwary Executive Producer
Ari Sloane Associate Producer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Todd Thaler Casting
Jeff Werner Editor

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