Dr. Génessier is riddled with guilt after an accident that disfigured the face of his daughter Christiane, who outsiders believe is dead. Along with accomplice and laboratory assistant Louise, Dr. Génessier kidnaps young women to remove their faces and attempts to graft them on to Christiane’s.
An enigmatic brew of gruesome and poetic images, Georges Franju’s oddly beautiful indictment against appearances is often cited as one of the greatest horror films ever made. In this cruel tale of male obsession, striking depictions of plastic surgery procedures echo the traumatic wounds of WWII.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 1999, Turkey
Jia Zhangke, 1997, China
Jean-Pierre Dardenne,Luc Dardenne, 1996, Belgium
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria