Hide Your Smiling Faces

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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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  • Hide Your Smiling Faces is a beautifully shot, highly stylised portrait of American adolescence.

    Aug 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Ripe with telling details and atmosphere.

    Jul 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Short on answers, but asks lots of questions.

    Jul 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The landscapes are the best part of the film's power: woodlands grey with mist and rain; seasons grudging with their colours; a woody gorge spanned by a mouldering, spectacular viaduct that becomes a character - a kind of devil ex machina - all its own.

    Jul 31, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [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

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