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The Face You Deserve


Dir. Miguel Gomes. 2004, 108 mins. 35mm. With José Airosa, Gracinda Nave. This shape-shifting debut feature by Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes (Tabu) opens as a comic portrait of a sulky music instructor experiencing a midlife crisis on the eve of his 30th birthday. On the outs with his girlfriend, he travels to the countryside and falls under the spell of an enchanted house. Combining elements of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and classic Hollywood musicals with Jacques Rivette-like meta-games, The Face You Deserve is a genre-defying woodland fantasy about the psychic hangover of childhood and the transformative nature of cinema itself.

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