[Boston Underground Film Festival] Let the Corpses Tan (2017) - Capsule Review

Let the Corpses Tan screens at BUFF

Let the Corpses Tan , a feature film directed by Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani, is set to appear at the Boston Underground Film Festival

Let the Corpses Tan is the third film from Belgian co-directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani. Their previous two films Amer (2009) and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (2013) were giallo film love letters. In their newest work, they are paying homage to ‘70s crime flicks with an amped up style and over-the-top visuals. This is a film that is made up almost entirely out of transitions—the staccato editing makes the viewer feel like their senses are under constant assault. Saturated colors, wide shots, smash cuts, gratuitous nudity, and brutal violence all combine to create a positively hedonistic atmosphere that one cannot tear their eyes away from. Let the Corpses Tan is a feast for the eyes and ears and should be seen theatrically if at all possible.

-Michelle Kisner

Written and directed by Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, it stars Elina Lowensohn, Stephane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoison, and Marc Barbe.

"Burnt-out scribe Bernier passes away his retirement in his idyllic abode overlooking the Mediterranean with his girlfriend Luce. Their Bohemian lifestyle is shattered one sweltering summer afternoon by Bernier’s acquaintance Rino, who shows up with his gang and a giant payload of gold bullion that they just knocked over an armored car for, killing one guard. Looking for a place to lay low, Rino and his crew left enough of a breadcrumb trail to lead a couple of detectives and other interested parties to Bernier and Luce’s hideout. What ensues is an intense 24-hour standoff that will forever alter their once peaceful existence."