A brilliant surgeon, Dr. Génessier, helped by his assistant Louise, kidnaps nice young women. He removes their faces and tries to graft them onto the head on his beloved daughter Christiane, whose face has been entirely spoiled in a car crash. All the experiments fail, and the victims die, but Génessier keeps trying....
Eyes Without a Face is a resilient patient little film. Brutally amazing and visually haunting. The acting superb and the story brilliant. I love how slow paced these old films are yet the story is so intriguing and driven that it still sucks you into a black and white world somewhere in deep in rural France. This film goes way beyond my expectations and highly recommend.
For it's time period it's very very brutal...not cutting away from the many surgeries Génessier conducts. The mask of his daughter is sooooo haunting...there is a picture of it posted here. Watching the deranged daughter glide elegantly through the house with this almost real rubber face...OH MAN...and when the numerous dead girls' faces reject her body...UGHly amazing.
Brilliant!!! Well shot, excellently performed, crisply told, all enveloped in a haunting carrousel's score ...a film well beyond its time.