Movie Review - The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (or L'étrange Couleur des Larmes de Ton Corps) is French writers / directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's visually stunning nod to the Italian Giallo films made popular in the 60's and 70's. For anyone unfamiliar with the genre and style, I have attached a bit of history to give you an idea of what you're in for, because I find describing it to be extremely difficult. Giallo films combine traditional story telling with a much more abstract approach to the narrative, and this film is a fine example of just how effective these films can be, both visually and emotionally. The movie is bold, titillating, and extremely sexy. This film is amazing, but certainly not for everyone. But if you enjoy the works of Dario Argento and Mario Bava, I highly recommend you see this film. It's currently available on VOD and in select theaters. Here's some background on the style:
When a man returns home to find that his wife has mysteriously disappeared, he finds himself lost in a twisted maze of secret hallways behind the walls in his apartment building. When it seems as if the police are not taking him seriously he begins to come unraveled in his search to find her. Did she leave, or has she been taken? He is sent running in circles by cryptic messages from his neighbors and becomes more and more obsessed as he descends further into madness. Has his wife been murdered? And will he befall the same fate, or will he be able to untangle the web of mystique in time to save himself?
The acting in the movie is good, but almost seems inconsequential because the visual presentation is so striking. The color palette alone is so overwhelmingly vivid, it's mesmerizing. The cinematography is impactful, and alternates between stark, violent sexual imagery and kaleidoscope hallucinations. The directors manage to masterfully orchestrate each of the different visual styles into a symphony of light and dark. The score is reminiscent of some of the more intoxicating work of Goblin or Riz Ortolani, and provides the perfect counterpoint to the visual aspects of the movie. This is a truly visceral piece of film making. Well worth the price of admission. Enjoy. Cheers.