Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Faces (1968)

Film: Faces (172/250)
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

What a dynamic film! Simple but packed with knockout performances. John Marley (AKA the dead horse head guy from The Godfather) is a man who wants to leave his wife (Lynn Carlin) for a younger woman (Gena Rowlands). In response, his wife does some meandering of her own. It's filled with people who are dissatisfied with their lives, who are likely doomed to always be dissatisfied. But damn, can those three act! Gena Rowlands was no surprise, she blew me away in A Woman Under the Influence (1974). But I really enjoyed John Marley and Lynn Carlin too. There's a scene where they're in bed and he keeps telling ridiculous jokes, and he's laughing and she's laughing, and then she stops laughing. And then he stops. And then it's over. And that ending, man. I'll just leave it at that. Seriously good, I need to see more Cassavetes films!  

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