Friday, July 5, 2024

Beautiful Faces (2024)

Portrait of doctor Larry A. Sargent who specializes in helping children with facial deformities. The film charts his work through three of his patients, Josh who was born with a cleft palette and lip and is now an accomplished singer and actor; Greer a young woman who was kicked in the head by a horse and Beth who suffers from Pfeiffer syndrome which cause some of her bones to fuse to early.

This is everything you ever wanted to know about facial reconstruction but were afraid to ask. I'm serious about that because this film does not look away during the difficult parts. It's a film that goes into detail about the conditions and reveals how the surgery can and does change lives.

As informative and important as the film is the film has one key flaw and that is it is a bit too clinical. Or if it isn't clinical it is a bit distant. I felt too much on the outside everyone. I never felt close. The doctor was the doctor and the patients were his patients and none of them ever felt like more  than that. The result is a film I admire more than I like. 

Worth a look for those who are interested but not a must.

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