'Hide Your Smiling Faces' 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. Once familiar interactions begin to take on a macabre tone in light of the tragic accident, leading Eric and Tommy to retreat into their wild surroundings. As the two brothers vocally face the questions they have about mortality, they simultaneously hold their own silent debates within their minds that build into seemingly insurmountable moral peaks. 'Hide Your Smiling Faces' is a true, headlong glimpse into the raw spirit of youth, as well as the calluses that one often develops as a result of an unfiltered past.
Atmospheric but a bit too minimalist
- Hide Your Smiling Faces review by TD
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You rated this film: 3
The photography was superb in this film. The teenage characters highly believable in their very rural setting. I just found that there was too little dialogue - perhaps reflecting the reality of what boys of this age say (or don't say) to one another, but it was all a bit too subtle for me. My problem, perhaps?