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Faces (Criterion Collection) (Bonus Disc) back to product details

a series of uncomfortable events
written by alexjb April 22, 2006 - 12:13 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
this was better than i really expected it to be. i'm not a film student, so the significance of a particular work as part of a director's career has never meant much to me.

this film is a series of conversations between adults in awkward social situations. there is a central plot, though it takes a while to become clear. more than anything, it's a study of people trapped in their social position, desperately wanting just to be liked, and allowing that desperation to carry them over one edge or another. men drooling over women, men colliding with, competing with or negotiating with other men, a married couple negotiating, desperate housewives fawning over a young buck...

i didn't find the camera angles to be as disturbing as the GC review implied - the technique mostly works, though it's occasionally clumsy. the dialogue is sometimes compelling, sometimes lame, but i found that my attention was held pretty well from about 20 minutes in, all the way through to the end.


(Average 7.78)
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