The Face of the Other: Close-Up on Małgorzata Szumowska’s "Mug"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Małgorzata Szumowska's Mug (2018), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from May 28 – June 26, 2019 in Mubi's Viewfinder series.“But does he who loves someone on account of beauty really love that person? No; for the small-pox, which will kill beauty without killing the person, will cause him to love her no more.” A deeply humanistic conclusion regarding humanity rests in the discrepancy between one’s face and one’s personality, as French philosopher Blaise Pascal suggests, and cinema, most of all art forms, possesses the paradigm to represent and overcome it through empathy. Yet, in its tradition of swapping and changing character faces—which has a long cinema history, including The Face Behind the Mask, The Face of Another, Face/Off, and Phoenix—one film stands out with its poignant, yet light-hearted approach, colloquially calling itself Mug.
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