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Hide Your Smiling Faces


Tommy and his older brother Eric live in the midst of vast remote forests. The death of their friend pushes them close to the edge. Eric doesn’t know how to channel his energy. All at once, nature’s vastness feels stifling.

Actors: Ryan Jones , Nathan Varnson , Colm O'Leary , Thomas Cruz , Christina Starbuck , Chris Kies , Andrew M. Chamberlain , Clark Middleton , Ivan Tomić
Directors: Daniel Patrick Carbone
Country: USA
Release: 2014-03-25
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  • Rodrigo Perez

    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.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    As the local boys (there are no girls) explore the natural world in summer, this gorgeously photographed movie bombards you with imagined scents of ripeness and decay.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    What elevates Hide Your Smiling Faces is Carbone's gentle, lyrical touch where other filmmakers would have turned the same thematic concerns into melodrama. Full Review
  • Patrick Peters

    Paced with steady assurance, this gentle bildungsroman is a impressive debut from director Daniel Patrick Carbone.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tomas Hachard

    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.

    NPR Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    This gem captures the unpredictability of a kid’s long summer day.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Assisted by the superb performances of his two young, refreshingly unaffected leads, Carbone has a profound understanding of the close but conflicted bond that exists between brothers on either side of the puberty divide.

    Variety Full Review
  • John DeFore

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    The landscape is a definitive presence throughout the film, which has almost no music and very little dialogue. The film is short (approximately 80 minutes) and maintains a good sense of dread throughout. Full Review
  • Wes Greene

    Daniel Patrick Carbone's pensive style, so dotted with ethnographic detail, is interested in revealing a world in flux, but his fixation on death is so incessant that it situates the film as a morose fetish object.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Smiling Faces is a strongly promising first effort, introducing a talented filmmaker who’s still in the process of finding his own voice. Still, don’t be too surprised if, three or four features down the road, it retroactively looks much more singular.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Jonathan Kiefer

    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.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The many silences in Hide Your Smiling Faces don’t speak quite loudly enough, and the film ultimately gets bogged down by its own ponderousness.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Unfortunately, Hide Your Smiling Faces is so slow it could use a few action sequences to speed things up.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    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.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    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.

    The Guardian Full Review