Empathetic and refreshingly unpreachy.
The Hollywood Reporter
Happy Face is the perfect film to watch when you want the evils of the world to disappear for a little while.
There’s real heart at its core, and its nakedly empathetic yet unbeatific treatment of its unconventional cast is something rarely seen in cinema.
Essential viewing for anyone who ever felt like an outcast
this is one phenomenal ensemble.
Happy Face can certainly play a part in showing the world that looks aren’t everything, and that everyone has a valid personality.
READY STEADY CUT
A funny, difficult and in the end deeply affecting story to which anyone who has ever felt estranged
An inspiring and beautiful story
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January 5, 2021
Director Alexandre Franchi’s award-winning thriller Happy Face hits theaters and digital this January. Direct from a lauded festival run, the powerful film combines a thrilling story while exploring the importance of facial equality and representation.
Estranged from his manipulative cancer-stricken mother, Stan, a quixotic 19-year-old, dons a disguise and joins a therapy workshop for disfigured patients in a misguided attempt to reconnect with her. But when his deception is revealed, Stan, who is desperate to gain coping skills to care for his disease-ravaged mother, offers the afflicted patients a bargain: he stays with the group, and in exchange he teaches them how feel good about themselves : by using their “ugliness” as a weapon against our beauty-obsessed culture.
The film features music from the Violent Femmes & more.
Robin L’Homeau, Alison Midstokke, E.R. Ruiz, Debbie Lynch-White, and Dean Perseo star in Happy Face, releasing in virtual theaters January 1 and on digital January 5 from Dark Star Pictures.