The Face of Another ★★★★★

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𝟑. 𝐀 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠

Surrealism in a medical setting, cold panels of glass separating patient from doctor, characters from audience, surgical steel like icicles/bandages like secrets. The tone of Face of Another is unmatched.

The Letterboxd description says. ... "A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality."

I'm fairly convinced that he already had those traits inside of him, it just took the misfortune of losing his face for them to come out. "Disfigurement made me a monster" themes can be a little schmaltzy, which is why they mostly reside in B-movies, but it works here and that's because Teshigahara took his time with it. By the end of the movie you understand the fears and desires of the masked man. You see the gears turn and his own corrosive undoing.

I was especially struck by the fear that resonated in his wife. Devoted, but desperate and terrified. The film is more about secrets than a disfigured maniac. Secrets are cyanide.

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