A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.
A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality.
Tvář toho druhého, La cara de otro, Le visage d'un autre, Tanin no kao, Het Gezicht van een Ander
This film, like few others have done, transcends the medium into pure unadulterated art. Every tiny minuscule detail of the movie is crafted particularly to fit the genius of Teshigahara. Nothing is left to chance and all orchestrated together to create something higher than cinema. This is the nature of how multi-faceted artist, renaissance man, and one of Japan's greatest directors Hiroshi Teshigahara operates in his insane creative process.
Exaggerations are well left behind, this film is meticulously designed to everything that the frame contains. The famous psychiatrist office for example, was completely designed, sculpted and decorated by a architect colleague of Teshigahara. The metallic sculptures of ears and modernistic setting with Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and medical graphs drawn…
Civilization demands light, even at night. But a man without a face is free only when darkness rules the world
The Face of Another is a highly symbolic and terrifically engrossing, unsettling, philosophical and beautiful psychological thriller delving into thought-provoking themes of self-perception, identity, freedom, loneliness, and more. Similar in premise and concept to the great Eyes Without a Face, but I think the execution is even better and the themes more potently explored here. The ending completes the film in the most chilling way. Another surreal masterpiece by Teshigahara.
Some masks come off, some don't
Teshigahara planted seeds of identity crisis in his first two films, Pitfall and Woman in the Dunes, but it's here that he really goes all out exploring the nature of anonymity and the damaging effect it can have on the human psyche. While the two aforementioned movies are similar in the way they present an everyday man in a horrible situation, The Face of Another felt more personal to me as a lot of the issues encountered can easily be translated to real life.
So, what's in a face? It's the key to face-to-face interaction, so much is learned through expression and eye contact - is someone interested in this conversation? Are they bored? Are they amused? The Face of…
There are two things that we accept: 1. that we are all individuals, and 2. we are all influenced and perceived by outside forces. These are also two statements that conflict, in that we shape how others see our identity by shaping how others see us; visual identifiers become symbols become shortcuts for traits and characteristics, become an immediate way of changing personas.
This is easily seen through how we personalize a singular aesthetic: whether it's temporary extensions such as accessories and piercings, or more permanent ones through ink or injury, we find ways of configuring our own individuality through both conscious and unconscious visual additions. These all then become flesh, our flesh, flesh that is made manifest.
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It's like who are any of us really... know what I'm saying?
The Face of Another is an excellent film about identity struggle and conflict. It is beautifully shot and executed with great performances and a wonderful score. Some of the visuals are really breathtaking.... I just wished I liked it more than I did. Something didn't connect for me about the heavy-handedness of the message and so what I can tell is a great film was just okay for me... and at times a bit tedious to get through. I'm probably just dumb.
I recommend it to cinephiles everywhere because I'm probably very wrong on this one and need to rewatch at some point.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Haunting, challenging, fascinating, and good golly that cinematography, "The Face of Another" is truly a one-of-a-kind film that pushes what you can do with a camera while telling an engaging psychological thriller. It was not hard to start falling in love with the film with Tatsuya Nakadai as the lead in his best Shishio Makoto impression, I mean, as Mr. Okuyama, his dialogue so unnerving and his delivery so intense that not even being able to see his face for the first act of the film doesn't hinder the viewer's engagement with the character. Teshigahara succeeds at crafting a methodical and clinical tone with the set design of the clinic, which can switch from…
"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. "
A masterpiece if ever there was one!
No matter my past convictions, i know believe Hiroshi Teshigahara and Kōbō Abe to be the biggest observers and understanders of all humans and their nature.
what is it that really makes you who you are?
it is your face? how you choose to present yourself? how you spend your time? how you treat others? how you treat yourself? how much does your appearance actually affect who you really are? It definitely affects how other people would treat you. do other people get to define who we are by how they choose to interact with us?
without the mask, okayama is isolated and bitter and untrusting. his differences make him a pariah and that changes him. but then when he wears the mask - another man’s face - the people around him change and therefore he does too.
these themes may seem obvious within the context of this story but I don’t think that makes them less important. it is easy to question who you are inside and it is difficult to not let the world define you.
Questions arise endlessly and circle around one topic: what is the definition of self-perception? Its implications unleash an indefinite number of existential possibilities. Teshigahara's last experimental offering is an unparalleled work of art, regarded by many to be "pretentious" in its artsy imagery. Oh, people, if you could just wake up, open your eyes and see the film as the brilliant satire it is. "A satire of what", I hear you say? This treats the individual's absolutely atrocious dependence towards a visual image and a physical appearance to display personality and behavioral patterns in order to be "unique". This statement, however, gives birth to two ironic, factual contradictions:
1) We are all unique by definition, regardless of your beliefs.
What if you took the essence of the second half of Vanilla Sky/Abre Los Ojos, added some of the complexities of classic "The Invisible Man" and then made an entire film in Japan with Japanese actors? You are most likely to get this film.
Performances by its lead are pretty incredible, capturing and delivering the psychological alienation that comes with losing one's identity. After all, what does it makes us different to other people from a physical perspective but our face, the way our eyes are aligned, the size of our nose, the visibility of our ears and the shape of our lips. But what if you lose all of it, do you suddenly become a ghost? While the movie…
Civilization demands light, even at night. But a man without a face is free only when darkness rules the world.
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How could I start writing about something as beautiful, haunting and astonishing as The Face of Another? I am so fascinated with every aspect of this film, and it has so many leyers that made this a masterpiece to my eyes.
The Face of Another explores two parallel stories about the loss of identity and the human psyche: Mr. Okuyama was involved in an industrial accident which leaves his face all burnt out. He covers his face as he feels disgusted by his reflection. Even when his wife says she'll accept him and love him…
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i'm so sorry but i was just so unbelievably bored during this :/ i started this with lord but we were having technical issues, so i tried it again with jack. just could not get into it at all, and it did not help me that the main character was so incredibly nihilistic the entire time. this was just a tough one for me to get through. i loved the cinematography in it though. i totally see how the subject matter and commentary on humanity can be super impactful to some, but i just couldn't personally connect with it. i really wish i could have though, because i see…
That scene where he's intensely staring at his face in the mirror while making different crazy expressions and walking forward and back waving his hands should've gone on for like five more minutes. I tend to do this, myself, and strongly recommend it.
You're not the only lonely man.
Hiroshi Teshigahara verfilmt abermals eine Geschichte seines Freundes Kobo Abe. Das Gesicht eines Geschäftsmann wird in einem Unfall entstellt und er kommt damit nicht klar. Ein Psychologe fragt, ob er mit einer Maske besser klar kommt und welche Auswirkungen es hat. Man stellt sich die Frage wer von beiden das Monster ist. Die existenzielle Grundstimmung wirkte bei mir erst am Tag danach, der zweite Erzählstrang fügt sich nicht unmittelbar ein. Was aber bleibt ist überragend.
Die visuelle Umsetzung ist auch heute noch überragend. Nebenbei: Die Hauptdarsteller aus seinem vorhergehenden Film Woman in the Dunes (1964) sind hier Arzthelferin und Chef.
a agressividade do script quase lembra bergman
epa ya eu n sei oq dizer eu sinto q isto é quotable até eu morrer
Cena abstrata, com partes de corpo humano que parecem de manequim boiando em um aquário. Ao fundo, uma voz explica que, como psiquiatra, assumiu o desafio de diminuir as limitações psicológicas humanas, quaisquer que sejam elas, especialmente inserindo próteses de membros perdidos para ressignificar a pessoa em seu corpo. Corte para a sequência de créditos, com várias fotos de rosto, desenhos de corpo humano e faces com linhas de demarcação (como linhas de mapas geográficos) e música abstrata. Corte para o close de uma boca, vista por meio de um raio X, em que o personagem explica ter sofrido um acidente químico na fábrica em que trabalha, desfigurando-lhe completamente o rosto. Assim inicia “A Face do Outro”, de Hiroshi Teishigahara,…
Puse esta peli en mí lista cuando arranco la cuarentena y no sé por qué tarde tanto en verla.
Increíble la dirección, es muy llevadera y tiene algunos diálogos que me gustaría robarme para escribir.
Don’t get me wrong, I really liked this. I just don’t like it as much as I liked Woman in the Dunes.
It’s really good but it’s not leaving the same impression on me. Like, I haven’t stopped thinking about Woman in the Dunes since I saw it. I don’t think I’m going to think about this one as much.
This movie is something else, this is beyond human imagination
The face of a cuck.
Every human constructed distinct personalities with each and every interaction. You take people’s perception and breed it all over yourself for those specific persons.
No two people see you the same. These personas are like fragments of your soul, broken into too many different pieces. Do you actually know who you are? Or just a fragment of yourself? What do others think of you if you are just faceless; no character? How do you measure yourself if your existence has no relativity to the world outside?
The Face of Another is an existential body horror. A psychological, strange and self-loathing film about identity crisis and anonymity. It’s themes of alienation and finding oneself were expressed so beautifully; It’s haunting but also fascinating. Every scene are overflowed with such symbolic images and compositions. It’s gorgeous and well executed. The score and performances are phenomenal. Simply, the film is a spectacle of both visual and thematic quality.
The Face of Another would have been an above average episode of the Twilight Zone, but certainly not one of the best.
Its main strength is an exploration of identity. However, I found the exploration to be flat. I feel like it didn't really have much interesting to put forward on that front. It was too nonsensical to take seriously, but the film is trying to be taken seriously. Every argument was a strawman.
That's not to say that it's a bad film. It's well made and it's an interesting concept; it just doesn't go far enough in any direction that engages at a different level.
Scavenger Hunt 67
Watch a film with a character who wears a mask (happy quarantine!)
A man with a terrible facial disfigurement gets a mask so convincing he tricks his own wife. From the director-writer team that produced aesthetically similar Japanese New Wave movie Woman in the Dunes, although this perhaps isn’t quite so fine, sagging rather badly in the middle. The directing is excellent, and manages to do what Hollywood films so often fail to do: convey the psychology at the heart of a scene, but without close-ups. The face is at the centre of much of the photography, yet faces are very often in medium shot.
This reflects the underlying questions of the movie: how does our sense of identity shape our morality? What would we do if we could live without anyone…
i like the thesis and its presented well but the film as a whole plays out rather uneventfully
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EDIT: Thanks everyone for the great feedback so far. I am currently working towards my ultimate goal of a 1001…