M.L. Miller here! As I go into the tenth year of reviewing horror films, I wanted to go back to the beginning and repost some of the films I loved. Moving on to Year Five of my year-long Retro-Best in Horror I’m recapping the Countdown beginning officially on October 1, 2014 and going through September 30, 2015. I have posted compilation lists in the past, but a lot of those old reviews haven’t seen the light of day since they were first posted many moons ago. Being the OCD person that I am, I have also worked and reworked the list, looking back at my own choices and shifting them around, and even adding a few that I might have missed or looked over from the year in question. So, if you think you know how these lists are going to turn out, you don’t! Don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web on your own personal social media. Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, or most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!
Released on December 9, 2014. Available On Demand, digital download, and Blu-ray/DVD! Also streaming on Strand Releasing!
THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS (2013)
Directed by Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Written by Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Starring Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener, Birgit Yew, Hans De Munter, Anna D’Annunzio, Jean-Michel Vovk, Manon Beuchot, Romain Roll, Lolita Oosterlynck, Delphine Brual, Sam Louwyck, Sylvia Camarda, Ann de Visscher, Michael Fromowicz
Find out more about this film here
The phenomenally talented duo of Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani are back with another Giallo inspired and metaphorically hefty mystery that only they can tell. There are not too many people who are trying to tell modern Gialli. I recently reviewed some films from the Onetti brothers that come close to pure homage, but often fall short in terms of delivering the beating, bloody heart of the Giallo films of old. Cattet and Forzani, though, seem to do so with ease—delivering the decadent and devious, sultry and seductive, attractive and gruesome treat they’ve called THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS.
A man returns home from a long trip to find that his wife is missing. He soon uncovers one mystery after another involving lust, deception, lies, infidelity, temptation, murder, and secret passageways. As the truth unfolds, the man increasingly feels as if not only the life of his wife is in danger, but his own.
That’s a pretty simplistic plot, but I feel that is necessary for a Cattet and Forzani film as they tend to get distracted by the intimate and ornate details littered about the scene with which the plot is unfolding. While the story itself can be written on a napkin, it is what these filmmakers focus their lens on that makes this film so fascinating to watch. Everything from the floor to the ceiling in THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS is decorated in an exquisite and precise way. The filmmakers seem to pay attention to everything from the sumptuous swirls of the wallpaper to the curvaceous faucets of the sink. Everything looks as if it took ages to make and were placed in the scene with specific intention.
THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS is much more of a tangential film than their previous film, AMER. This one flips and turns around the narrative, threading the story through dreams, fantasies, potential futures, and visits to the past. Reminiscent of the way Tarantino tells his stories, Cattet and Forzani sets up a story, then goes off on a tangent, like a child distracted by a shiny object, before returning to the scene and continuing. The thing is, again like Tarantino, that distraction is just as fascinating as the story itself, so you don’t mind the tangents happening. These visual and storytelling elements are what make the filmmakers product so tantalizing and delicious.
The story itself is about a missing and presumably dead woman, but more so it is a story of how a man came to be so fascinated with the combination of sex and violence. This is a common theme explored in horror and while the final beat of the film provides the punchline in an almost whimsical way, the journey to get there feels resonant and powerful. THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS is not for the literal minded. This is a film you have to sink into, appreciate the way it makes you feel, and soak in the way it looks, sounds, and seduces the viewer. This is a tantalizing film that simply tickles the ears and eyes while telling a diabolical tale. While the story might be light, what you see, hear, and experience will be extremely filling by the time you reach the end.
THE 2014-2015 COUNTDOWN!
#17 – THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS
#18 – CUB
#19 – POD
#20 – BACKCOUNTRY
#21 – CLOSER TO GOD
#22 – WE ARE STILL HERE
#23 – A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
#24 – WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD
#25 – THE EDITOR
#26 – DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD
#27 – PARA ELISA
#28 – THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT
#29 – FROM THE DARK
#30 – EXISTS
#31 – A PLAGUE SO PLEASANT
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