Growing Buzz For Face To Face

Growing Buzz For Face To Face



“Face to Face is that rare film which grabs a hold of you at the beginning and doesn’t let go till the end. It is an amazing piece of cinema – riveting, thought-provoking, transformative. Only once or twice a year do I see such a film – and this year that film is Face to Face.”
Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine, Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11)

* * * “ 4 STARS, Terrific! a really riveting piece of drama and his cast triumph”
Margaret Pomeranz, At The Movies, ABC

* * * “ 5 STARS, An Aussie film that easily slips into my Top Ten Australian Films of All Time. In face Face To Face is so good that if it were an American Film you can guarantee that people would be mentioning its name in the same sentence as the word Oscars”
Dave Griffiths, Buzz Magazine

* * * “ 4 STARS, An engrossing tale. Vince Colosimo nails his part, Luke Ford – Excellent, Matthew Newton – Perfect. Its Fabulous!”
Richard Wilkins, The Today Show

* * * “4.5 STARS – Floating between strong tensions and sharp humour, it’s marvelous viewing that will please those who see Australia as a country making world-class films unblemished by the cliches of pop culture. It’s packed with surprises. Every performance is right on the mark. And despite its serious core, it sends us out with warm fuzzies.”
Dougal Macdonald, City News

* * * “A powerful, engaging film that delivers insight and emotional punch…Astringent & Gripping, Face To Face is a triumph.”
Andrew L. Urban,

* * * “It is the perfect crucible, and of course, nothing is what it seems…Face to Face is an example of the quality that can be achieved when you start with a good script, and stay true…is sure to be one of the best Australian offerings of the year.
Rebecca Butterworth, Filmink MIFF Coverage

* * * “The film is entirely believable. To such an extent that the momentum, the revelations, the emotions, the perspectives and the performances peel away the layers to find the core of the problems and leave you believing a fair resolution will be achieved.”
LYN MILLS, Canberra Times

* * * “Rymer combines crisp, fluid camerawork with a flowing, penetrative script that he adapted from David Williamson’s play. The result is a small-scale character-driven work that stands tall, gliding smoothly between introspective stillness and dramatic fireworks.
Simon Foster, SBS Film

* * * “The film’s crowning beauty is its fluidity. The conversations, loaded with humorous tilts, entwines back-stories, flashbacks and character motivations until the audience’s initial moral judgements are almost completely upturned.
Luke Buckmaster, Cinetology

* * * “Everyone’s dirty laundry gets raised up the flagpole in Face to Face, a bristling little Australian indie that lands its many punches with pungent power. Within the format of a community conference – an Australian technique of airing differences with the hope that reconciliation can avoid official legal proceedings – what seems like a simple case of a wild youth’s violence fans out to expose a far deeper and comprehensive set of ills. Winner of the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s independent feature award, this smartly enacted issues drama snaps the audience to attention from the outset and never lets up…”
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

* * * “My problem with Face to Face is that, hard as I try, I can’t find any flaws. The film opens with a shock, a scene that looks like road rage, but isn’t. From then on, nothing is what it seems, as a cast of variegated characters decides the offender’s fate. I found myself stuck to my armchair waiting for the next Pirandello-like unravelling of character. Audience assumptions are built and peeled away, one surprise follows another to reveal identities and relationships. It isn’t easy to maintain pace when the focus is on a small set of men and women sitting in a single room, but Australian Director Michael Rymer has a deft hand. The casting is superb, the attention to detail stunning. Face to Face lived up to its promise – a film as powerful and riveting as 12 Angry Men. Can Rymer’s next effort maintain the momentum?”
Lois Bolton, Monaco Diary & BAM News, Monaco

* * * “One of the most powerful movie of the 21st Century. Movie making at its best”
Georges Chamchoum, Artistic & Program Director Monaco Charity Film Festival

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