Magazine article Screen International

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears

Magazine article Screen International

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears

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Dirs/scr: Bruno Forzani, Hélène Cattet. Belgium-France-Luxembourg. 2013. 102mins

It would be something of an unnecessary overstatement that say that The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears (L'Étrange Couleur des larmes de ton corps) is an example of style over substance, quite simply because co-directors Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet are well aware of that fact, and simply seem to relish the barrage of colours, images and styles that make up their new film.

Cinematographer Manu Dacosse deserves praise for his striking imagery, and while often the sequences are bloody and brutal they are never less than disturbingly beautiful.

With its lush blend of Kafka and giallo, it has the phrase 'cult film' written all over it, and while it had its premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, its most likely future life will be at genre festivals and with distributors who know how to market its often psychedelic and mesmerising strangeness.

It is a beautifully assembled film, packed with arresting images, stunning production design and baffling moments, but while it offers blood, strangeness and bold surreal moments it is also remarkably lacking in any emotional impact. There is a lot going on, but not a great deal happening.

The film opens with jagged style with an intense - and rather erotic - close up of a knife being slowly teased in close-up up across a woman's naked body before she is apparently killed. Cut to gloomy faced Dan Kristensen (Klaus Tange), who arrives back at his apartment, but can find no sign of his wife. …

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