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Eyes Without a Face

Les Yeux Sans Visage
1960 / 90m - France
Drama, Horror -
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I expected more from this one. From the outside, it looked like a pretty stylish and moody affair. I did in fact find traces of that exact film, it's just that I had to look very hard and had to wait a really long time for them to surface. And when Eyes Without a Face finally gets going, the end credits appeared.

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A lauded plastic surgeon houses a dark secret. After his daughter becomes disfigured in a car accident, the man kidnaps young women, transplanting parts of their face in an attempt to recreate his daughter's face. His victims aren't too keen to join his experiments, but fleeing is near impossible.

The masks are eerie, the surgery scene is somewhat effective and the final 5 or 10 minutes are pretty atmospheric, but that's about it. The run-up is long and tedious, performances are mediocre, the soundtrack is ill-fitting and the cinematography simply isn't up to the task. It's a pretty forgettable film really.