The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (2013) | A bewitching, bewildering slice of Euro psycho horror that’s pure cinematic alchemy
Following the strange disappearance of his wife inside their Brussels apartment, businessman Dan Kristensen (Klaus Tange) seeks to uncover her whereabouts. On discovering a series of secret corridors and concealed rooms within the walls of the building, Dan encounters its inhabitants whose tales of sensuality and sadism play out before him…
PURE CINEMATIC ALCHEMY
Prepare to have a sensory overload because this beautifully constructed erotic horror-thriller is one hell of a ride, evoking the dark cinema of Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Roman Polanksi, and the surreal imaginings of Guy Maddin, David Lynch and the Brothers Quay. It’s the latest effort of Belgian husband and wife directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani and follows their 2009 giallo-inspired cult film Amer and their sensual O is for Orgasm offering in 2012’s The ABCs of Death.
Featuring a sublime soundtrack that plays like a greatest hits of 1970s Italian horror, a stunning Victor Horta-styled Art Nouveau apartment dressed in covetable Mid-Century modern décor, evocative photography, and some truly masterful editing, the Belgian Bavas have brewed up a bewitching, bewildering slice of Euro psycho horror that’s pure cinematic alchemy.
Danish actor Klaus Tange, who looks like 1970s Euro stars Franco Nero and Klaus Kinski, is the grizzled, twinkly-eyed protagonist who gets caught in a web of intrigue in the very walls of his apartment, which becomes more and more sinister after he steps within its inky blackness. Here, time and space seemingly collide, creating a puzzle box filled with sex, murder, childhood memories and loads of red herrings.
From its evocative, unforgettable title to its amazing execution, The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is a wonderous gift to genre fans, and Cattet and Forzani have succeeded brilliantly in using the cinematic vocabulary of the giallo to create a dream film that brings to bloody brutal erotic life their unqiuely perverse vision. Truly they are the premier puppet masters of our fears and desires.
So crack open a packet of Gitanes, put another groovy Euro track on the turntable and prepare yourself for a giddy, kaleidoscopic experience you won’t easily forget.
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is now playing in selected UK cinemas, and is available to stream at MetrodomeVOD[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYXXpT11WtM%5D