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A Taiwanese filmmaker explores the Salomé myth at the Louvre in Paris.


Why watch this film?

It is a musical film directed by Tsai Ming-liang commissioned by the Louvre Museum and, in some way, it could be his '8½', as it explores (among other things) the process of filmmaking through the story of a Taiwanese filmmaker (played by his favorite actor, Lee Kang-sheng) who travels to France to make a movie at the Louvre, based on the myth of Salome. 'Rostro' ('Visage') is also inspired by the cinema of François Truffaut and, in fact, includes in its cast actors who worked with him, such as Jean-Pierre Léaud ('The 400 Blows') and Jeanne Moreau ('Jules et Jim'). It is perhaps, both, the most grandiloquent and beautiful film of the director, but also the most impenetrable for those who are not his avid followers. Selected at the Cannes Festival in 2009.



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Plot summary

Hsiao-Kang, a Taiwanese film director, travels to the Louvre in Paris, France, to shoot a film that explores the Salomé myth.

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