John Cassavetes’ snail-paced but bracing drama of marital infidelity is simulated cinema verite at its most uncompromising — so painfully real it’s not easy to sit through. Still, the natural lighting, extreme close-ups, and overlapping dialogue lend Faces an artful spontaneity; now that it’s finally available on video, the feeling of intimacy is only increased. Cassavetes also got remarkably unaffected performances from Gena Rowlands as a prostitute, John Marley as the married man infatuated with her, Lynn Carlin as Marley’s disenchanted wife, and Seymour Cassel as a quintessential ’60s swinger. There’s not a false emotion among them. B
Posted May 3 1996 — 12:00 AM EDT
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