Director: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Starring: Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener .France / Belgium / Luxembourg. 1h 42m
This deeply surreal and lavish bizarre movie from French duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani take a step further into dreamy symbolic realms than their previous Giallo Esque romp, Amer, a project which excited cult-movie fans a few years back, both share an experimental blend of imagery with heavy Giallo tones eroitic vingnettes commenting on gender and sexuality with it’s withed dialogue and richly opulent architectural decadence that hides the identity of a killer. On returning home Dan (Tange) finds his girlfriend missing, assuming that she’s met a terrible fate he searches for clues as the world around him begins to flourish with fragmented images of horror and fear.
Whether or not you pick up on the prescribed narrative there’s a picturesque element of The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, which beguiled an audience, and you’re able to sink into the images without knowing where they are taking you. At moments the plot is opaque, to say the least, and when information is explored it’s sometimes so symbolic it can be read in so many different ways. There are uncanny staples of surreal cinema blended with the cool styles of maestros such as Bava and Argento, amalgamating into a sensual blend of vagina like head wounds, straight razors, leather gloves, unflinching eyes and a palpable fear around every corner. And what is played out on screen is only ever half of the story, reading between the lines is essential, more so than Amer I can only imagine things are going to become more abstract in their next adventure.
Directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani put everything together as Dan begins to unravel everything about his neighbours shadowy lives while digging into his own psyche, we begin to learn more about his past and all the possibilities of what have happened to his beloved, it takes a keen eye to decipher the questionable visual style and work out what’s likely to have happened and what the title alludes to, but there’s obviously a mystery behind all of these repressed memories.
With the voyeuristic angles and visceral charm it’s hard to look away but the instinct is there. As many have been baffled and repulsed by this rare slice of extreme cinema it’s a nightmare situation highlighted by the beauty of this troubling trip down the sensual surreal rabbit hole.
Related: Amer (2009)
Lists: New Giallo Films