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The Independent Critic

Written and Directed by
Lindsey Shockley
Hanna Hall, Julie Pop
Running Time
14 Mins.

 "The Truth About Faces" Review 

Filmed entirely in one take (after 27 tries), "The Truth About Faces" benefits greatly from that sort of focused, energized but downright stressful approach to filmmaking. This 14-minute film takes place entirely within a closing store as a mother and daughter attempt to come to terms with a tragic event.

Watching the interplay between mother (Julie Pop) and daughter (Hanna Hall) becomes all that more powerful because the camera never turns away from these characters.each glance, each sigh and each twitch caught on film and a reflection of the awkward moments we all face when healing from tragedies and feeling as if we are under a microscope. Writer/director Lindsey Shockley's theatrical background clearly pays off as she patiently follows mother and daughter through the peaks and valleys of human emotion and expression.

While both Pop and Hall perform admirably, Hall gives the film a remarkable emotional depth with a performance that speaks volumes even when she isn't uttering a word.