A clever stylistic exercise, this French-Belgian coproduction will definitely hold your interest as it unfolds, but whether you’ll remember it afterwards is another story. It follows the execution and fall-out of a high-stakes robbery on a small Mediterranean island, where a kinky artist (Elina Löwensohn) resides in a hilltop chateau with her various friends and lovers. The thieves from the robbery take refuge in the chateau, pulling the residents into a violent stand-off with police. Writer-directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (Amer, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears) show much inventiveness in their wide-screen compositions, musical cues, and manipulation of time (they sometimes move the action back a few minutes to present the same events from new perspectives). Their bravado and creative reference points (mainly European grindhouse movies of the 60s and 70s) reminded me of Quentin Tarantino, for better and for worse. In French with subtitles.
Let the Corpses Tan
1 hour 32 min • 2017