Among this year’s stellar Cult line up at the London Film Festival, there is one film that I personally have been anticipating for years now. Something that promises to be delirious, intoxicating, shocking and seductive…a slice of modern giallo, born from the dazzling minds of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani: The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears.

Rarely has horror and experimental film blurred so beautifully as the Belgian duo’s feature debut, Amer, a film that channels the visual bravura and sexual complexity of classic giallo, into a creative fever dream of technique, style and sensual stimulation. I discovered the film by chance upon its limited release back in 2009…and was mesmerised throughout. As a student of classic Italian giallo, it’s thematic and stylistic integrity, combined with an art house edge, created a sensory explosion, where Argento met Anger; Bava blended with a touch of Warhol. Thus the release of their second feature, another unique ode to the giallo, The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is something to truly anticipate.

Like Amer, the plot is sleek and direct, with the same dark giallo heart:  Following the disappearance of his wife, a man enters a web of intrigue as he tries to uncover her whereabouts. Traversing the labyrinthine halls of his apartment building, the layers of intrigue threaten to overwhelm, as he encounters inhabitants whose tales of sensuality and sadism play out before him, creating a dream-like experience that twists the perverse and the psychedelic into an operatic slice of horror.

However, such a narrative promises greater psychological and emotional depth than their debut, while creating a subversive space to play with, and torment, the audience’s senses, stimulating both desire and disgust as the mystery coils and unravels with each inhabitant and their unique private spaces laid bare.

Hopefully Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s sophomore effort will gain the attention (beyond critical circles) their debut never completely generated, and prove to be another piece of sensational art; bold visually and thematically. Sleek and sharp like a razor’s edge.

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Matthew Hammond is a full time cinephile, specializing in cult, art house and 1980s cinema. While film is his overwhelming passion, Matthew has been known to enjoy comic books, Sherlock Holmes stories and a good film related T-shirt. Feel free to email me with any questions or comments: