Your Face /
The collection of faces in artist-director Tsai Ming-Liang’s film is a fascinating collage of human expression and of the marks life has left on his subjects’ skin. Not all of the subjects talk, but all let the camera get close enough that they can hide nothing from it: neither the wrinkles nor the life experience they exude. Ming-Liang chose subjects who, in his words, made him want to get close enough to touch them. Looking at their faces is entrancing. The subjects all surrender to his outside gaze, which helps them open up and share some very dramatic life experiences. They are strangers to us, and yet, looking at them, we cannot help but feel that we are actually looking at ourselves.