Warning - disturbing/mature content and language in photos, clips and trailers
Desperate to become less shallow, Stan, a handsome 19-year-old, deforms his face with bandages and attends a support group for people with facial differences 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 obese, domineering workshop leader to let him stay and build up his immunity to ugliness, and in exchange he’ll train her disfigured patients on how to use their facial differences as a weapon against our beauty-obsessed culture.
MY TAKE: An emotional roller-coaster that is, in fact, not a horror or even a genre film, but fits in so well at genre festivals because of how it's subject matter - differently faced people - might compare to the tales of Mary Shelley, for example. A study of how what we perceive and fear as something ugly affects not only those we look upon and judge, but ourselves (more profoundly than we may expect).
Having real, differently faced people playing the roles makes the characters authentic, as well as forcing the audience to see them as they are. They may make you cringe at first, but you see the people they are within soon enough. This makes the film, in my opinion.
"Liaison" is a short dramatic film about a woman who feels helpless in the circumstances of her life, so she embarks on a journey to make things right with the man who is troubling her.
MY TAKE: Intense Mama Bear stuff!