Visage (Face) (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Visage (Face)
Tsai Ming-Liang pays vague tribute to Francois Truffaut throughout this slow, self-indulgent, but often shockingly beautiful art film.
To those of use who know and love his movies, it has a pervasive sense of the familiar... not at all revelatory or exciting. It's a fine movie, if you like this sort of thing (most people don't).
Audience Reviews for Visage (Face)
I don't know how autobiographical this film is, only that Tsai makes it as some sort of self-reflexive experiment (which doesn't actually suit him) that probes into his mind and creative process at the expense of any clear structure but has some moments of poetic beauty.
Jean-Pierre Léaud + Jeanne Moreau + Fanny Ardant + Mathieu Amalric + Nathalie Baye... in sequences of irrelevant & meaningless scenes.
I really have little to know idea what this was "about", from watching it. From the Tsai's I've seen (this would be number 5), it's the most vignette driven, so be prepared for a collection of moments and impressions, rather than cohesive narrative. That being said, the cinematography has never been better or richer. The first hour or so is just staggering in it's simplicity and hypnotic appeal, it's hard not to watch it feeling as it if a masterpiece. Nearly every time I began to get anxious the scene shifts into some new place or character or old one in new context, or of course a song and dance routine. This is easily the most abstract Tsai I've seen, comming of the desert of the real that was "What Time Is It There?", but it's still a glorious experience. More later...
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