Faces. 1968. USA. Written and directed by John Cassavetes. With John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel
35mm. 130 min.
Complicated and dissolving marriages were a topic Cassavetes frequently explored in his films. Richard and Maria are an ordinary middle-class couple with a nice home and a comfortable lifestyle—until Richard leaves Maria for a younger woman. Soon Maria begins dating, and becomes involved with a man many years her junior. The seemingly conventional nature of Faces is what makes it so radical; Cassavetes holds up a mirror that woefully captures everyday lives.