Hide Your Smiling Faces Review

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Two brothers, nine year-old Tommy (Jones) and his teenage sibling Eric (Varnson), struggle to come to terms with the challenges of growing up in rural New Jersey.


Making evocative use of bucolic dystopia, this intimate, unsettling saga poignantly captures the ingenuous anxiety felt by two adolescent brothers (Nathan Varnson, Ryan Jones) when their buddy dies in mysterious circumstances during an idyllic New Jersey summer.

Paced with steady assurance, this gentle bildungsroman is a impressive debut from director Daniel Patrick Carbone.