Faces

Faces

DVD - 2008
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A married couple struggles with their disintegrating relationship.
Publisher: New York, NY : Criterion Collection, c2008
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (130 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen
Performers: John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel, Val Avery, Fred Draper.
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated
Language Note: In English with English subtitles
ISBN: 0780029194
UPC: 037429198827
Call Number: DVD F

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Maoisdead
Oct 10, 2017

John Marley and Lynn Carlin play the conflicted couple with a raw emotional reality that is uncomfortable to watch and impossible to forget.

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MontMoroc
Sep 02, 2017

"Faces" is a John Cassavetes film. It is also categorically one of the two or three greatest masterpieces of American cinema. (This is neither just a personal opinion, nor an exaggeration. This film is essential.) What makes this film so special will be lost on many domestic viewers, unfortunately, who simply aren't prepared for the experience. Nearly everything about the film is subversive of conventional Hollywood filmmaking techniques, and this is frustrating for people who aren't ready for it. For example, the film never "tells" you anything about the characters: you have to patiently observe them throughout the film, just as if they were real other people in the room. Furthermore, in typical Cassavetes' style, the characters' behavior is extreme, which can be unsettling. Finally, the film is pretty grim. However, if you're ready for a new experience, and can approach the viewing experience with an open and tolerant mind, this film will BLOW YOU AWAY.

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Nursebob
Jan 22, 2015

Themes of alienation and illusion run strongly throughout Cassavetes’ film as characters gasp for air between bouts of loneliness and rage; each one bearing the scars of living yet none capable of sharing their pain openly. Drunken banality and sexual games replace actual communication, and as the night wears on both become increasingly destructive. Cassavetes’ use of B&W coupled with severe camera angles which pit foreground against background, often across a table or flight of stairs, highlights the movie’s confrontational tone. Furthermore, as characters go from room to room flicking switches on and off, shifting panels of light and darkness are created which offset the film’s heavy realist approach. Lastly, the use of artwork is both subtle and powerful; while Jeannie’s apartment is decorated with images of solitary nymphs, the Forst’s have a painting of a couple playing an intense game of chess and a photo of multiple streams flowing aimlessly over a barren landscape. If the drama is a wee bit overdone in parts the powerful performances almost make up for it.

Scaltro Mar 18, 2014

I could not get into this.

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