LET THE CORPSES TAN Is A Triumphant Return To Stylized 1970s Genre Films

Hélène Cattet and Bruno Foranzi’s film Let the Corpses Tan (Originally titled Laissez bronzer les cadavres) is a gritty western thriller that pays homage to genre films of the 1970's. The film, based on a 1971 novel of the same name, is a playful romp into violent fun.

A gang of thieves steals bars of gold and takes their prize to a deserted village near the Mediterranean. Several unexpected arrivals complicate things and leads to chaos and a bloody, daylong shootout. The film’s tight, 92-minute run takes viewers through the pickup of three unexpected guests and the arrival of two police officers. A night full of gunfire follows.  

Cinematographer Manu Dacosse creates a very distinct, rugged backdrop for the gang and their unexpected guests. Set in an abandoned town on the Mediterranean Sea, it’s a clear tribute to European crime flicks of the 1970s. The almost surreal visuals throughout are decadent and beautiful, making this film a pleasure to watch.

This movie doesn’t baby its audience. It’s full of timeline jumps and scenes repeated from multiple perspectives that force viewers to really pay attention. It pulls viewers in, enticing them stay alert and watch as the shootout unfolds. Every scene is as meaningful as it is aesthetically pleasing.

The world crafted feels both fantastical and strikingly realistic, with the performances grounding the backdrop of a crumbling town overlooking the crystal blue sea. Elina Löwensohn’s Luce is a magnetic artist who drips sexuality and draws admirers. Her performance is both entrancing and grounded.

Let the Corpses Tan draws viewers in with a disjointed timeline and stunning visuals. It’s a riveting film that grips viewers and pulls them in, inviting them to be a part of the action.

Let the Corpses Tan will be released on August 31, 2018 from Kino Lorber.