Tuesday, September 27, 2016

If Gregor Samsa Was a Tattooed Hipster Girl (And a Zombie), or Thoughts on Thanatomorphose

Thanatomorphose (2012), has a relatively straightforward plot: Kayden Rose portrays Laura, an introspective artist with a violent boyfriend who contracts an unexplained disease and decays from the inside out.  From Canadian Writer and Director √Čric Falardeau, the entire film is set in her sparse apartment, an interesting conceit that traps us as the viewers along with Laura as her health and sanity declines.
Her indifference to her gradual transformation into a full bodysuit makeup reminiscent of Claire in Hellraiser II (1986) is quietly subversive, and the fact that she is nude throughout most of the movie only serves to eroticize her zombification in creepy and disturbing ways.  The movie has a very French-Canadian sensibility closer to Haute Tension (2003) or Kafka’s The Metamorphosis (1915) than Contracted (2013), with a classical electro-violin soundtrack that enhances the European, art-house qualities of the film.
Laura’s condition is never explained, but reminiscent to the bio-virus in Cabin Fever (2002).   In fact, imagine an entire movie based around the leg shaving bathtub scene and you’ll have an idea of what’s in store for you.  It’s hard to watch, and at times it seems the only goal of the film is to make you uncomfortable but it’s a testament to the directing and performance that you won’t look away.



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