Laissez bronzer les cadavres [Let the Corpses Tan] (2017)

Laissez bronzer les cadavres
Director: Hélène CattetBruno Forzani
Writer: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Based on: Jean-Pierre Bastid and Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel
Cast: Elina LöwensohnStéphane FerraraBernie BonvoisinMichelangelo MarcheseMarc BarbéMarine SainsilyHervé SognePierre NisseAline StevensDorylia Calmel
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.9.2017

Rhino (Stéphane Ferrara) has stolen 250kg of gold with his gang and they have scoped out the perfect hiding place: a mostly abandoned village where artiste Luce (Elina Löwensohn) has set up camp. But as things are wont to do, they don’t go according to plan. So what should have been a done deal turns into a tense battle.

Laissez bronzer les cadavres is a beautiful, stunning, gorgeous film that bored me half to death. I really didn’t know what to do with it.

I’m pretty sure that the film speaks a cinematic language, one of Westerns and giallo, that I’m just not fluent in – and that this was the biggest thing that stood between us. So if you are, I can see this film being an immersive experience.

I certainly saw the film’s beauty. The cinematography was amazing, and the editing was even better. The randomly strewn in naked ladies were unnecessary to say the least, and even though they looked gorgeous, too, I would have liked it better if they hadn’t been there.

Especially because the film did feel too long for me and I spent most of it a little exasperated as the story continues to fold back in on itself and the plot is generally not all that strong and I didn’t care for the characters for a single second anyway.

Despite my appreciation for the aesthetics involved here (and Elina Löwensohn and her awesome face), I just never connected to the film and it felt like a chore to sit through it.

Summarizing: That’s a no from me, but I can see how the film would work for others.

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