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Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 March 2014 (USA)
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After a neighborhood tragedy, two adolescent brothers confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality.

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Daniel Patrick Carbone (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Ryan Jones ... Tommy
Nathan Varnson ... Eric
Colm O'Leary Colm O'Leary ... Ian's Father
Thomas Cruz Thomas Cruz ... Tristan
Christina Starbuck ... Mother
Chris Kies ... Father
Andrew M. Chamberlain ... Blake
Clark Middleton ... Religious Man
Ivan Tomic Ivan Tomic ... Ian
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After a neighborhood tragedy, two adolescent brothers confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality. Hide Your Smiling Faces is an atmospheric exploration of rural American life through the often distorted lens of youth. Written by Daniel Patrick Carbone

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USA

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English

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25 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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New Jersey, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Immediately after Eric pets the bear, a close-up shot shows him standing and turning to his left, supposedly watching the bear pass by, but the following long-shot shows Eric's back to the camera watching the bear as it passes him by on his right side. Unless he spun fully around and allowed the bear to walk behind him between cuts, he should be facing the camera. See more »

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Daniel Patrick Carbone's portrait of youth, innocence, and life is profoundly real...
24 April 2013 | by ClaytonDavisSee all my reviews

No film at the Tribeca Film Festival or any film in recent memory has captured the cultural and significant impacts of tragedy in the minds of adolescence than Daniel Patrick Carbone's Hide Your Smiling Faces. Engagingly suspenseful, this tale about two brothers, after a tragedy occurs in their rural town, must confront their own demons that include relationships, nature, and morality. Tommy (Ryan Jones) and Eric (Nathan Varnson) are confronted with morally conflicting views of life and as the two try to siphon their own processes surrounding their tragedy, an underlining beauty exists that I'm not sure I fully understand after the film. Hide Your Smiling Faces lays it on and lays it on hard as these two boys encounter several instances of adult situations through the eyes of young children. Writer/director Carbone isn't troubled to ask the tough questions of youth and as the boys battle through their layers of guilt, innocence, and even sexuality, Carbone explores the soul of youth and comes up with a phenomenal portrait that stands proudly next to classics like Stand by Me (1986). The dynamic Nathan Varnson and purely magical Ryan Jones are simply perfection in their roles. Varnson, who is very reminiscent of Hunter McCracken's powerhouse turn in The Tree of Life (2011), is somberly brilliant and he arranges emotion after emotion on top of his youthful persona. His execution is truly dazzling and it's a inspirational performance that stands as the stone pillar of the film. Ryan Jones is equally effective and mounts the single finest scene of any film seen this year so far with absolute precision. Diverse and adaptable in any given scene, these two boys carry the entire framework of the film and are the most beloved trait for you to take home. Daniel Patrick Carbone is a jack of all trades who not only writes and directs the film with an infinite amount of passion but manages to edit the film to a subdued aura that is both pleasing and smooth. Not to mention his intention to give the audience several instances of apprehension that can give a person with a pacemaker an early trip to the grave, Carbone places guns in the hands of children, puts them near the ledges of a bridge, and even puts them face to face with the dangers of nature. While suicide even plays a prominent theme, Carbone's subtle approaches to how one can interpret the death of a loved one are astutely profound. It's damn near perfection in every sense. His filmmaking style and imagery are very Malick-esque and his deep-rooted appreciation for nature is, well, appreciated. What makes him a true professional is he doesn't just lay it on us for the sake of art, he believes in the message that the Mother Nature is trying to convey. Surveying the decomposition of an animal becomes a stapled foundation for the child in all of us to stand on. I found myself richly tearful, examining the mutation of emotions as they manifest themselves into different behaviors. You can't ask more from a film. Not to mention, an eighty-minute endeavor such as this. Hide Your Smiling Faces is a magnificent portrait and Carbone's paintbrush laid strokes of love, anger, confusion, and a rainbow of emotions to indulge the audience. It's one of the most pleasant surprises experienced at a festival thus far.

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