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123 Ratings

Hide Your Smiling Faces

United States, 2013


Vividly depicts the young lives of two brothers as they abruptly come of age through the experience of a friend’s mysterious death. The event ripples under the surface of their town, unsettling the brothers and their friends in a way that they can’t fully understand.

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Hide Your Smiling Faces Directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone

Critics reviews

Carbone's pensive style... is interested in revealing a world in flux, but his fixation on death is so incessant that it situates the film as a morose fetish object... And striking as it may be, Nicholas Bentgen's lensing of the film fails to engross because of its superficial resemblance to the work of Terrence Malick, Matt Porterfield, and David Gordon Green, filmmakers who, while often seized by the gloominess of human despair, are still able to capture worlds brimming with endless discovery.
March 25, 2014
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The atmosphere grows dense with intimations of homosexual desire; pent-up rage is ready to explode with the slightest spark, and it does so with a blatantly theatrical flourish. The physical tumbles of lean bodies and the emotional fumblings of maturing souls take place in landscapes framed for postcards; the portentous drama, underlined and calculated details, could serve as a travel brochure.
March 24, 2014
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Every sequence could be the prologue of a horror flick minus the spooky music and other overt signals of the genre... Potential is the crucial word here.Hide Your Smiling Faces is remarkable for the dread it keeps at a slow simmer from the first shot to the last.
May 13, 2013
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