Happy Face

Alexandre Franchi

Canada | V.O. English | ST French | 2018 | 100 min | DCP | color | Fiction

Desperate to become less shallow, Stan, a handsome 19-year-old, deforms his face with bandages and attends a support group for disfigured people after he learns his cancer-ridden mother will undergo invasive facial surgery. But when he’s exposed as an impostor, Stan strikes a deal with Vanessa, the domineering workshop leader: he stays with the group, and in exchange, he trains them on how to use their facial differences as a weapon against our beauty-obsessed culture. Happy Face is filmed with real people who have facial differences playing fictionalized versions of themselves.

Director Alexandre Franchi
Music Gabriel Scotti
Cinematographer Claudine Sauve
Screenplay Joelle Bourjolly, Alexandre Franchi
Cast Noemie Kocher, Robin L'Houmeau, Debbie Lynch-White, Alison Middstoke, Cyndy Nicholsen, David Roche, E.R. Ruiz
Artistic director Valérie-Jeanne Mathieu
Production Les Films de la Mancha, Line & Content
Distribution Maison 4:3