Hide Your Smiling Faces (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Its meditative pace and low-key approach may prove too ponderous for some, but Hide Your Smiling Faces will cast a potent spell on viewers patient enough to let it unfold.

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After a neighborhood tragedy, two young brothers -- nine-year-old Tommy (Ryan Jones) and 14-year-old Eric (Nathan Varnson) -- confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality. A dreamlike portrait of adolescence unfolding over one hot, hazy summer, Hide Your Smiling Faces is a startling debut, exploring rural American life through the distorted lens of youth.(c) Tribeca

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[Features an] outsider perspective, authentic locations, unforced naturalism, and fresh, improvisatory work by first-time actors.

Apr 10, 2014 | Full Review…

There's a startling stillness about the film, especially the opening scenes, that becomes a character in itself and helps to avoid softness.

Apr 3, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

Traces of classic coming-of-age dramas such as Stand by Me and River's Edge are evoked in this lyrical and low-key reflection on sudden mortality and childhood's end.

Mar 31, 2014 | Full Review…

Quickly and assuredly, writer-director Carbone puts us in the mood of these languorous summer days.

Mar 30, 2014 | Full Review…
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This lyrical drama announces the arrival of a talented young director with a keen grasp of youth; a man who presents a truthful vision of how death impacts soon-to-be men differently depending on their ages.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's not just these children's smiling faces that are hidden here - it's everything that might make you want to search out the meaning behind them.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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