>> There’s a large handful of directors that stand out solely for their visual styles—such as Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and Guillermo del Toro. When it comes to visual achievement, both Hélèn Cattet and Bruno Forzani should pop up on the radar. Their most recent film Let the Corpses Tan, has released worldwide after premiering at TIFF in 2017 and having a year-long festival run. Taking place in a Mediterranean ghost town, Let the Corpses Tan is a modern take on the western, it’s also full of guts and gore like an 80’s slasher flick. Its visuals are jaw-dropping, but unfortunately, its narrative doesn’t hold up.
Let the Corpses Tan is utterly unique, from its opening to closing shot it delivers an immersive experience to its audience. The film’s camera work is full of ingenuity, perhaps influenced by the work of Edgar Wright. Both Cattet and Forzani are not afraid to take creative risks which shows greatly in this film—some of its shots are posterized, scribbled on, and even superimposed on others. Cattet and Forzani truly created a film full of masterfully composed shots that are sure to be remembered in the years to come.
While the visual aspect of this film is strong, the narrative falls flat. The story is bland and drawn out, while the characters are weak with little to no development. It’s unfortunate that a film that so visually pleasing can leave you unsatisfied. Let the Corpses Tan is a fun and engaging experience, but don’t expect much from its plot. 6/10<<