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Gyorgy Palfi (2006)

18 Certificate


Our Score
The grotesqueries of the flesh are celebrated in all their stomach-churning glory in this outrageous black comedy horror. An explicit tale of three generations of men, each with their own bodily obsession, it's a sensory assault that's definitely not for the squeamish. Hungarian director/co-writer Gyorgy Palfi seems to revel in pressing viewers' shock buttons, as he introduces us briefly to a sexually frustrated military orderly (Csaba Czene) during the Second World War, before focusing on his son (Gergo Trocsanyi), an obese speed-eating champion. Thanks to his vomit-inducing talents, he becomes a 1960s Soviet Bloc hero, and ends up finding romance with another corpulent contestant. He subsequently fathers a skinny taxidermist (Marc Bischoff), who's the protagonist of the third part of the film that's set in the present day. At times the baroque visuals and surreal scenarios play like a warped version of Monty Python, skilfully diverting attention from the uneven plot. But it's in the Grand Guignol excesses that Palfi really excels, though his imaginative vision remains a seriously acquired taste.


A military orderly relieves his sexual frustration in increasingly bizarre ways, while his son, a champion in eating competitions, finds love with a fellow glutton. The family's strange behaviour continues into the third generation, with a taxidermist who practises on his pets. Black comedy, starring Gergo Trocsanyi, Marc Bischoff and Csaba Czene. In Hungarian, Russian and English.

Cast & Crew

Vendel Morosgovanyi Csaba Czene
Kalman Balatony Gergo Trocsanyi
Lajoska Balatony Marc Bischoff
Gizella "Gizi" Aczel Adel Stanczel
Lieutenant Istvan Gyuricza
Lieutenant's wife Piroska Molnar
Older Kalman Gabor Mate
Dr Andor Regoczy Geza D Hegedus
Uncle Jeno Istvan Hunyadkurti
Bela Miszlenyi Zoltan Koppany
Director Gyorgy Palfi
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Other Information

Language: Hungarian +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Tartan Guidance: Contains graphic violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 13 Jul 2007

Comedy Drama

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