Taxidermia

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  • Drama
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Tracing three corporeally fixated generations of a family through the respective filters of sexual frustration, gluttony and, yes, taxidermy, György Pálfy’s faintly surreal, determinedly gross second feature (after ‘Hukkle’) plays out like an extended pun on ‘stuffing’. We open, towards the end of World War II, at a farmhouse where soldier Morosgoványi is reduced to peeping at the girls and a masturbatory regime that lets off not just steam but jets of flame. Decades on, his porcine son Kálmán is a rising star of Hungary’s competitive-eating circuit – think Mr Creosote in a leotard – vying with a rival nosher for his beloved. And, in the present day, Kálmán’s loner son Lajos is an animal-stuffer who is developing his own cadaverous body, along with some ideas that would even test Gunther von Hagens. Based on Lajos Parti Nagy’s short stories, ‘Taxidermia’ undoubtedly has its own unsavoury humour and gratuitous shock value, but its extremities and enormities yield less than the sum of their dismembered parts.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday July 13 2007
Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: György Pálfi
Screenwriter: Zsofia Ruttkay, György Pálfi
Cast: Csaba Czene
Marc Bischoff
Adél Stanczel
István Gyuricza
Piroska Molnár
Gábor Máté
Géza Hegedžs D
István Hunyadkürti
Zoltán Koppány
Gergő Trócsányi

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Anna

Wondefully disturbing, and deeply grotesque. Beautifully shot, and definitely worth seeing.

Anna

Wondefully disturbing, and deeply grotesque. Beautifully shot, and definitely worth seeing.