Saturday, 21 August 2010

Thanatomorphose

Thanatomorphose: (French noun, feminine) "Visible signs of an organism’s decomposition caused by death."

A recent article in Gorezone Magazine alerted me to a darkly intriguing new film about to enter pre-production: French-Canadian filmmaker Éric Falardeau’s independently produced dark tale of sex and gore, Thanatomorphose.

Thanatomorphose, as explained above, is a French word meaning ‘the visible signs of a organism’s decomposition caused by death.’ This positively Cronenbergian sounding film follows the tragic and rather moist tale of the young and beautiful Laura, who wakes up one day and finds her flesh rotting, in a strange and claustrophobic tale of sexuality, horror and body fluids…

Falardeau was inspired by a famous quote from film director Jean Cocteau: “You've never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.” Apparently, the film’s emphasis is not on the why, but the how: how will Laura react to what is happening to her? Falardeau has said that the film investigates the notion of ‘the body as an object, a commodity - how we treat our body and disconnect ourselves from it in the process.’

Last year a promo-teaser was shot to promote the idea and help Falardeau find investors. It has already been shown in various festivals around the world and is amassing a quiet buzz online. The film has the potential to be a real throwback to classic Cronenberg, with a dash of Polanski’s Repulsion thrown in for good measure and marks Falardeau as a fresh, fiercely original new name on the horror scene. One to keep an eye out for, I’d say. The idea of someone having to come to terms with the premature decomposition of their own body, as they are essentially trapped within it, is the stuff of nightmares…

Keep up to date with Éric Falardeau and the progress of Thanatomorphose on Twitter and Facebook...

9 comments:

Trick or Treat Pete said...

This film sounds sooo intriguing.
Dreaded Dreams
Petunia Scareum

James said...

Doesn't it!? I for one shall be avidly following, nay, STALKING Éric Falardeau to keep up to date on the progress of this film. :o)

Aylmer said...

Thanks for alerting me to this, I'd not heard of it anywhere else, and I'm an obsessive Cronenphile. I have a theory that in the absence of recent SF/horror works from Mr Cronenberg we will be seeing more body horror from other directors now. And it's no surprise when it emerges from Canada (Splice) and France (INSIDE) where they love him so much. Now that Splice's long journey has come to an end will this film become my new obsession?

James said...

Alas, I've yet to see Splice and Inside! Though I did pick up a copy of the latter recently - I just haven't had the opportunity to sit down and watch it. I can't wait to check it out though - having heard so many good things about it.
Thanatomorphose sounds really promising, doesn't it!?
I too am a card-carrying Cronenphile.

Aylmer said...

They're both fantastic movies. I can't recommend them enough. I saw Splice the other night with a Natali Q&A, asked him about Neuromancer, and his ideas for it sound really promising. He's pretty much my favourite working genre director now. As you're a fellow Cronen-fan I'd be honoured if you'd check out my recent Cronenberg posts at my own humble blog:

http://unflinchingeye.blogspot.com/search/label/Interzone%20Dispatches

James said...

Great stuff! I love Neuromancer. I recall reading several years back that Chris Cunningham was attached to direct an adaptation - with a soundtrack by Aphex Twin (can you imagine!!?? *salivates*).

And it'd be my pleasure to check out your Cronenberg posts! Cheers.

:o)

Carl (ILHM) said...

Let alone the concept, the still from the film would be enough to get me in the theater, hadnt heard of this one but will be sure to check it out!

Cody said...

Oh, wow! I remember reading this post a while ago and recently I remembered the gist of the plot and was trying to locate where I had read about it. I should have known it was your site, you brilliant boy!

James said...

Oh stop! ;)

Yeah, this sounds really interesting and will hopefully deliver on its dark potential. I'm thinking early Cronenberg meets Marina de Van, with some Trouble Every Day-type lyricism thrown in for good measure.