THE FACE YOU DESERVE (Miguel Gomes, 2004, Portugal, color, 35mm, 108 minutes)
In his first feature length film, director Gomes displays the same puckish humor and penchant for stylistic rule-breaking that defined his celebrated short works. On his thirtieth birthday, a self-absorbed drama teacher (José Airosa) finds himself whisked away from a very bad day in the real world to a strange house populated by seven even stranger men. As its title, a reference to a Portuguese idiom about aging gracefully (or not), implies, FACE is a coming-of-age fairy tale for a generation of twentysomethings who seem incapable or unwilling to shed the skin of adolescence. Also playing is his short film 31 IS TROUBLE (2003, Portugal, color, 35 mm, 27 minutes).
This screening is part of Block Cinema’s Miguel Gomes Series. Full schedule here.
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