Face (2005)



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Movie Info

Three generations of Chinese women attempt to reconcile the cultural chasm between their traditional heritage and the everyday influences of life in America. Finding herself pregnant, career girl Kim was forced into an unhappy marriage in the late 70s. But Kim decided to flee, leaving her infant daughter in her mother's care. Now, year's later, she returns to find her independent daughter Genie involved in a relationship with black DJ Michael, causing controversy.

Rating: R (for some language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bertha Bay-Sa Pan, Oren Moverman
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On DVD: Sep 27, 2005
Indican Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Face

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (13)

By the end of Face, we've been drawn deep into the battle for both communal support and individual freedom that marks the progress of so many ethnic groups in America.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

With no access to these women's inner selves, we are left wanting at least a fuller portrait of their outer lives, some way to infer the meaning that the film declines to provide.

Full Review… | May 12, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes.

Full Review… | April 6, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A film with visual flair, musical inspiration and dramatic gravity. From the top to the bottom of the cast list, there are performances rich in detail and intelligence.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

It's a tale worth telling again -- especially if you feel the material as strongly as recent Columbia film-school grad Bertha Bay-Sa Pan seems to.

March 18, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

A sincere but superficial version of a familiar story.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Face

Typical Asian horror movie. Nothing really new here. That creepy girl with the hair hanging down over her face, etc, has gotten so overdone. Move on already.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


The most original thing about Face is that it is derivative of not one, but two genres. So not only do we get a seen-it-all-before Asian Ghost story, but we all get a been-there-done-that serial killer thriller. It struggles with the balance between the two. The best thing about Face is the length. I suppose if you are going to feed the audience such a familiar tale, you can at least make it quick. The film shoves in as much as it can and is rarely dull. It could have been interesting with the whole facial reconstruction thing, and maybe even a tense thriller. However it doesn't seem like the writers bothered to do much research into that aspect and so left it lingering in the background.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


Great film!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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