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The Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun....and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They had found the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a woman artist in search for inspiration. Unfortunately surprise guests and two cops compromise their plan: the heavenly place where wild happenings and orgies used to take place turns into a gruesome battlefield....Relentless and mindblowing.
I am a fan of author Jean-Patrick Manchette who co wrote the original story this movie is based upon back in the 70s. I love his European flavored pulp novels with their exaggerated violence and consciously sensasional plots. This movies holds up well to that motif.
There's going to be a lot of people who won't like Corpses/Cadavers. Two viewers got up and walked out during the screening I attended. I pretty much loved it.
The other reviews are accurate. It is reminiscent of an Italian spaghetti western except with modern day gangsters. The violence is sudden and brutal with metaphorical elements that tie the cinematography back to its art house foundation. Splattered blood becomes drops of liquid gold, as does well aimed streams of urine. Sexually charged scenes move back and forth in time to provide the viewer with a well intended sense of bewilderment.
All of these techniques are an effort to capture the nuiance of Manchette's prose. Although I have not read the story this movie is based upon, I recognize the characters and settings in Manchette's other works.
With that in mind, this movie actually exceeded my expectations.
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