Visage (Face) (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Visage (Face) (2009)




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A filmmaker is attempting to complete an ambitious project in the midst of a family tragedy in this self-referential drama from writer and director Tsai Ming-Liang. Hsaio-Kong (Lee Kang-Sheng) is a director from Taiwan who is soon to begin shooting his next picture, a stylized adaptation of Salome, in France, though first he has to help his elderly mother (Lu Yi-Ching) with some plumbing problems. Hsaio-Kong arrives in Paris to discover his producers have cast a well-known model with no acting experience (Laetitia Casta) in the leading role, which adds to the challenge of working in a language in which he's not fluent and having a leading man (Jean-Pierre Leaud) who seems to have lost his memory. Hsaio-Kong's troubles with the shoot are at once exacerbated and made insignificant when he learns of the death of his mother. Featuring guest appearances from Fanny Ardant, Nathalie Baye and Jeanne Moreau, Face was an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ming-liang Tsai
In Theaters:
Rézo Films


Fanny Ardant
as La Productrice et la...
Laetitia Casta
as La Star et Salomé
Jean-Pierre Léaud
as Antoine et le roi Hé...
Kang-sheng Lee
as Le Réalisateur
Yi-Ching Lu
as La Mère

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Critic Reviews for Visage (Face)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Tsai Ming-Liang pays vague tribute to Francois Truffaut throughout this slow, self-indulgent, but often shockingly beautiful art film.

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 8, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Too obscure for my taste.

Full Review… | April 8, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Impenetrable and confounding for all but the most acute cinephiles.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

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).

Full Review… | October 18, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Face will appeal exclusively to Tsai Ming-liang's devoted fans who find themselves in familiar territory here, but the rest of the audience may be baffled -- to say the least.

Full Review… | September 15, 2009
Screen International

Audience Reviews for Visage (Face)

I probably need to see this again after getting more acquainted with the Salome story. I can say that this is Tsai's most self-reflexive film, like he's channeling Rivette. It's like the flip side of the coin to What Time..., plus plenty of musical numbers(though they have a more concrete context here), and that only describes part of it. The mis en scene is crazy good, definitely his most accomplished thus far. The problem I had was that it felt too disconnected, with too many major characters, and the Amalric and Baye cameos were pretty pointless.

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