Written and directed by French directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani Amer blew away audiences when it was released in 2009. Heralded by many as a great Giallo homage the psychosexual thriller was an effortlessly stylishly sick movie pleasing the eye before it sliced it open with a razor blade.
Anticipation was high for the duo’s second film and after making the titillating O is for Orgasm segment for The ABC’s of Death they released The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears which continues there journey into art house horror.
The fragmented story fundamentally revolves around Dan Kristensen (The Killings Klaus Tange) who comes home it his art deco apartment building to discover his wife has disappeared.
Attempting to find her he sets about talking to the people in his building which include a mysterious old woman, a grizzled police man and the nasty landlord all of which tell him intricate and shocking stories which offer him and us an insane insight into what happened.
As mysteries pile up and reality begins to blur Dan finds himself in a living nightmare haunted by horrifying images, stalked by his double and desperate to uncover the truth and end the hell his life has become.
Drenched in style The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears like Amer evokes the Giallo’s of the 60’s and 70’s in its score, sets and design and in that way is comparable to the brilliant Berberian Sound Studio although with a much more abstract structure with each characters stories acting almost as stand-alone shorts within the main movie.
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears is infused with tension and terror and although there is a very complex and interweaving plot which cleverly builds almost without the viewer knowing, Cattet and Forzani are much more concerned about the look and feel of the film than the script or story.
From the black and white animated photo’s which depict Dan’s wife’s death to the split screen police interrogation which inventively blurs and merges the characters to the truly terrifying doppelganger sequence where Dan faces and fights multiple versions of himself The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears much like Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is a frightening fever dream made terribly real.
Full of Freudian themes and imagery ideas of eroticism, obsession, identity and voyeurism converge along with more supernatural scenes set against the brutal violence which frequently occurs bringing us back to reality.
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears is a dark trip into the abyss and Cattet and Forzani have crafted a deftly disturbing film that infects the audiences minds implanting unsettling imagery deep within them that will live on long after the movie has finished.
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