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Taxidermia

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Gyorgy Palfi
  • 90 mins
  • 18

Summary

Black comedy horror drama. A sexually frustrated hospital orderly fathers a child who grows up to be one of the Soviet Bloc's most accomplished speed-eating champions. He attracts the romantic attention of another, equally corpulent contestant and the pair have a child. However, their offspring grows up to be the opposite of his parents - a skinny, morose taxidermist.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Vendel MorosgovanyiCsaba Czene
Kalman BalatonyGergo Trocsanyi
Lajoska BalatonyMarc Bischoff
Gizella "Gizi" AczelAdel Stanczel
LieutenantIstvan Gyuricza
Lieutenant's wifePiroska Molnar
Older KalmanGabor Mate
Dr Andor RegoczyGeza D Hegedus
Uncle JenoIstvan Hunyadkurti
Bela MiszlenyiZoltan Koppany

Crew

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DirectorGyorgy Palfi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Tartan
Released on
2007-07-13
Languages
English | Russian | Hungarian
Guidance
Contains graphic violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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