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Face (2009)

Visage (original title)
Hsiao-Kang, a Taiwanese film director, travels to the Louvre in Paris, France, to shoot a film that explores the Salomé myth.

Director:

Ming-liang Tsai

Writer:

Ming-liang Tsai (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-sheng Lee ... Kang, the director
Yi-Ching Lu ... Kang's mother
Fanny Ardant ... The producer / Queen Herodias
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Antoine / King Herode
Laetitia Casta ... The Star / Salomé
Norman Atun Norman Atun ... Man in the boat
Jeanne Moreau ... Jeanne
Nathalie Baye ... Nathalie
Mathieu Amalric ... Man in bushes
Samuel Ganes Samuel Ganes ... Le garçon du buisson
Shiang-chyi Chen
Olivier Martinaud Olivier Martinaud ... The young father
Chao-jung Chen ... (as Chen Chao-rong)
François Rimbau ... Régisseur
Kuei-Mei Yang
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Hsiao-Kang, a Taiwanese film director, travels to the Louvre in Paris, France, to shoot a film that explores the Salomé myth.

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Referenced in Fleurs dans le miroir, lune dans l'eau (2009) See more »

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Surreal Paranoia
3 May 2011 | by JustAptSee all my reviews

The film is obviously made as an art black comedy and though it has almost no plot it consists of highly surreal scenes roughly based on Salome by Oscar Wilde – the main stress is made on the stupendous camera work. Oscar Wilde's symbolism in Visage is lifted to the level of paranoia. The director shooting the drama may also be considered as John the Baptist – pay your special attention at his constant misfortune with water and episode with the man in bushes looks like an absurdist mockery of biblical rite of John baptising Christ. In the final scene however Salome dances not for King Herod but for the symbolically severed head of John the Baptist. "Ah! I have kissed thy mouth, Iokanaan, I have kissed thy mouth."


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Official Sites:

Rezo Films [France]

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Release Date:

2 October 2009 (Taiwan) See more »

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EUR3,875,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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