Hide Your Smiling Faces

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  • Summary: Two brothers 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 theTwo brothers 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. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Mar 25, 2014
    100
    Featuring two exceptional lead performances from these two boys, first rate beauty-in-ugliness photography and an unusually extraordinary command of tone, Carbone’s picture skillfully articulates the inexpressible.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 28, 2014
    88
    What elevates Hide Your Smiling Faces is Carbone's gentle, lyrical touch where other filmmakers would have turned the same thematic concerns into melodrama.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 25, 2014
    80
    Carbone's script doesn't tell a story so much as watch the fluctuations in emotional energy here, quietly observing activities both directly and indirectly related to the loss. As a director he's patient but never sluggish, taking time to appreciate the still landscapes his characters move through.
  4. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Mar 28, 2014
    80
    Hide Your Smiling Faces is a striking companion piece to "It Felt Like Love," another recent coming-of-age story, this time about two young girls, from a first-time director. Hide Your Smiling Faces is not as dark as "It Felt Like Love," but like last year's "Sun Don't Shine," the films share a strong sense for the sinister, for how flirtations with new experiences, with excitement, carry a nerve-racking risk of disaster.
  5. Reviewed by: Jonathan Kiefer
    Mar 25, 2014
    60
    Carbone minimizes dialogue and focuses instead on gestural specificity; he makes a useful inventory of boys-will-be-boys behavior — wrestling in fields, poking at scars or dead critters, shutting down on parents — and stages it in tellingly muted vignettes within the ample copses of rural New Jersey.
  6. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Oct 26, 2015
    60
    Ultimately, it's mostly a mood piece where not much really happens apart from the inciting incident, but as a study of childhood and adolescence (it makes a great companion piece to Richard Linklater's Boyhood) it's ripe with telling details and atmosphere.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Mar 25, 2014
    40
    This microbudget indie about a pair of brothers in small-town USA looks great, sports strong performances and doesn’t outstay its welcome. But it’s impossible to shake the feeling that we’ve seen all this before, and better.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 14, 2014
    9
    I think everybody can't enjoy this film because it's slow and soft, but "Hide Your Smiling Faces" serves a meaningful coming-of-age tales andI think everybody can't enjoy this film because it's slow and soft, but "Hide Your Smiling Faces" serves a meaningful coming-of-age tales and makes it natural as good as the two leading performances. And moreover, the fresh and authentic location fits out the naturalism effort. Maybe you have to little bit patient to understand how great this film is. Expand
  2. May 26, 2014
    6
    An ambiguous, grey skied film about death and relationships set in an American countryside. The film has a nice feeling of stillness andAn ambiguous, grey skied film about death and relationships set in an American countryside. The film has a nice feeling of stillness and melancholy and comes across as a coming-of-age story. Lack of meaningful dialogue meant that it should have compensated with powerful acting or remarkable style but it didn't. Cinematically it was able to create enough of a mood to serve as a relaxing watch. Expand

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