Review: Let The Corpses Tan revels in violence and sun-drenched excess

Filmmakers’ homage to 60s and 70s Italian crime pictures might make you want to take a shower afterwards


LET THE CORPSES TAN (Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani). 92 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (October 5). See listing. Rating: NNN


Pastiche filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani – who gave us the moody, impressionistic meditations on Italian giallo Amer and The Strange Color Of Your Body’s Tears – take a deep dive into the ultraviolent Italian crime pictures of the 60s and 70s for this sweaty, sun-drenched shootout. 

Having stolen a fortune in gold bars, a trio of robbers heads for a remote Mediterranean estate to hide out. Of course everything goes spectacularly wrong within minutes, as hitchhikers, motorcycle cops and the actual residents of the estate (one of whom is played by TIFF regular Elina Löwensohn) all get involved in the ensuing firefight. 

Cattet and Forzani shoot it like the nightmare you’d have after watching Mario Bava’s entire filmography in one sitting, with a dollop of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s sexualized weirdness in a recurring fantasy sequence. If you like their stuff, you’ll like this one, too. Everyone else might come away wanting a shower.

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