- X 2019
L'Étrange Couleur des Larmes de ton Corps
The Strange Colour of your Body's Tears
Francois Cognard, Eve Commenge for Anonymes Films, Tobina Films
directed 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, Alexandre Hornbeck, Francois Cognard, Manon Kaefer, Aline Stevens, Julien Bonischo, Anna Katina, Elsebeth Steentoft, Damiano Morocutti, Lucas Salhani
written by Bruno Forzani, Hélène Cattet, special makeup effects by David Scherer, visual effects by Daniel Bruylandt
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Arriving home from a business trip to Germany, Dan (Klaus Tange) finds
his wife Edwige gone from his apartment - which is more or less
impossible, since the apartment has been locked by a doorchain from the
inside. After a bit of musing and coming to no conclusion, slight
desperation sets in and Dan tries to question the neighbours, his landlord
and the like - but he's met with closed doors until an old women living on
the seventh floor tells him how things got strange in her apartment until
her husband disappeared into the ceiling. The woman then chases Dan out of
the apartment though, and he finds refuge on the roof - with a naked woman
smoking as if it was the most natural thing in the world and trying to
throw him off the roof - but Dan wakes up in his own bed, awakened from
the buzzer ... it's a police detective who claims Dan has called him the
other day (Dan can't remember) who tells Dan he will start investigations,
but instead seems to only be reminiscing about an old case of his - which
might have more to do with Edwige's disappearance than apparent at first
Eventually, Dan wakes up next to Edwige's severed head, and
there's a hole in the head. The head however seems to appear and disappear
rather at will - to a point where Dan has to doubt it's real even.
wakes up to the buzzer again, but now it's him on the outside, who
eventually breaks into the apartment to (maybe) intending to kill Dan on
the inside ...
A neighbour, who's obviously trapped in the apartment
walls, tells Dan how interconnected the apartments actually are without
anyone knowing, but there's a killer after Dan who might know about this,
too. Again and again, Dan tries to call above-mentioned police inspector,
but he never seems in but does show up at the least opportune moments.
tries to piece together memories about the hole in Edwige's head, but his
memories amount to pretty much everyone (including himself) in the story
getting his or her head bust open but Edwige. So what is real and what is
The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears is
basically an hommage to the giallo of old (also mirrored in the film's
music borrowed from those films) - the high end, Dario
Argento-style-over-content sort of giallo - but done the David Lynch-way,
meaning the movie remains intentionally mysterious, does not try to
explain everything away, suspends narrative reason on full purpose, and
the like. As a result, we are left with a few wonderful setpieces, some
poetic outbursts of violence, beautiful camerawork ... and not all that
much else, as this movie tries to be weird for weirdness sake a bit too
hard. Basically, where David Lynch has a vision behind all of his
absurdities, and usually does follow a narrative arc, The Strange
Colour of Your Body's Tears after a promising start seems to abandon
storytelling altogether and then loses its audience in the process. This
could have almost worked even, would the film have been half an hour
shorter, it could have left the audience puzzled - but towards the end,
the movie just becomes repetitive and seems to hammer its points home
again and again, until one doesn't care anymore.
Pity, the film showed
promise ... but refused to keep it in the long run.