'The Last Face' Trailer: Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem Fight for Love in Sean Penn's African War Drama

The Hollywood Reporter

The first trailer for Sean Penn's controversial The Last Face has debuted, previewing the intense romance between Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem in war-torn Liberia.

"I know that I will see you again," Bardem tells Theron after scenes of fiery turmoil and wounded locals. "I will look all over the desert, I will say your name, and I will see your face."

Featuring a script by Erin Dignam, the African war drama stars Theron as the director of an international aid organization who embarks on a love affair with a stubborn and impulsive relief-aid doctor, played by Bardem. However, their mutual passion for the value of life is matched by the intensity of their opposing opinions on how to best solve the conflict that surrounds them, creating a seemingly insurmountable rift.

Adele Exarchopoulos, Jean Reno and Jared Harris are part of the cast.

When the film debuted earlier this year at Cannes, responses on social media were not kind. (THR's review called the film "a stunningly self-important but numbingly empty cocktail of romance and insulting refugee porn.") The actor-director told reporters afterward, "I stand behind the film as it is, and certainly everyone is entitled to their response."

Read more: Cannes: Sean Penn Responds to 'Last Face' Critics

Watch the trailer below.