The Embalmer

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Odd, sporadically engrossing and finally almost appealing, this little film is about a young man who gets a job working with a diminutive, strangely charming taxidermist, only to discover that he does jobs for the Mob and can be very possessive, especially when the apprentice finds himself a girlfriend. It's intermittently amusing and unsettling, but the narrative can get wayward and the direction heavy-handed, with flashy shots hard to fathom in terms of precise relevance or import. However, the spirited performances by a charismatic cast make it watchable.

By: GA

Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Matteo Garrone
Screenwriter: Matteo Garrone, Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso
Cast: Ernesto Mahieux
Valerio Foglia Manzillo
Elisabetta Rocchetti
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