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2,595 Ratings


Directed by John Cassavetes
United States, 1968


When a middle-aged man leaves his wife for a younger woman, she in turn finds herself with a younger man, searching for the excitement and warmth lost in her own unhappy marriage.

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Faces Directed by John Cassavetes

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1968 | 3 wins including: Best Actor

Academy Awards

1969 | 3 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Critics reviews

Above all, Rowlands—an experienced actress who’d never had an apt showcase for her astonishingly original artistry—created, in Cassavetes’s film and in communion with his sensibility, a new kind of movie acting, both extravagantly theatrical and ferociously opaque, impulsively strong and agonizingly vulnerable, that’s perfectly matched by the agile and playful yet granitic, virtually Beckett-like image repertory that the director developed.
January 27, 2018
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A provocative, uncomfortably intimate examination of middle age malaise and its concurrent communication breakdown… Faces is Cassavetes at peak emotional rawness. With jagged cutting and wildly capricious shot selection, a profound familiarity is forged by the probing titular close-ups of the characters at their most animated.
July 10, 2016
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I would like to recommend Faces without restructuring the reader’s aesthetic expectations, but I know by now that I can’t escape the consequences of my criticism. Faces, if seen at all, should be seen with a degree of tolerance for its rough edges and raw nerve endings.
December 05, 1968
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