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The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears(L'Étrange Couleur des larmes de ton corps)

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Belgium, France, Luxembourg · 2013
1h 42m
Director Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Starring Klaus Tange, Jean-Michel Vovk, Anna D'Annunzio, Hans de Munter
Genre Drama, Horror

A woman vanishes. Her husband inquires into the strange circumstances of her disappearance. Did she leave him? Is she dead? As he goes along searching, he plunges into a world of nightmare and violence...

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Total Film by

The result is a love letter to the giallo genre spelled out in cut-up ransom-note writing – striking, but impossible to read.


Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

One can never fully shake the feeling that the sense of unease the filmmakers rouse, every act of seduction, infiltration, and vengeance they orchestrate, is borrowed.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

A loud, visually assaultive assemblage of genre tropes as technically accomplished as it is difficult to watch, "The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears" has plenty to impress while simultaneously offering so little.


The Playlist by Gabe Toro

The film is borderline installation-worthy, and would probably work just as well if the scenes were drastically re-arranged.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

When does an exercise in style become a wearying ADD slog through blood-splattered pseudo-Freudian nonsense? When it’s The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears.

75 by Jordan Hoffman

Lengthy passages are unrelated to any discernible narrative, and seem to exist in that interzone your mind travels through just before it goes to sleep.


Empire by Kim Newman

A mysterious and disorientating blend of giallo violence, cinematic experimentation and Lynchian psychohorror. Revel in its bonkers beauty.


Time Out London by Nigel Floyd

If you make it as far as the obvious, disappointing denouement, you might be left asking yourself if the filmmakers’ abstract style is better suited to short films.


The Dissolve by Noel Murray

If The Strange Color Of Your Body’s Tears were Cattet and Forzani’s debut film, this might all feel fresher, and more revelatory. But as visually stunning as any given five minutes of this movie is, it doesn’t add up to much cumulatively.

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