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Taxidermia (2006)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 9

Surreal and visually striking, Taxidermia is, at times, graphic and difficult to watch, but creatively touches on disturbing subjects with imagination and wit.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

Surreal and visually striking, Taxidermia is, at times, graphic and difficult to watch, but creatively touches on disturbing subjects with imagination and wit.



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"Taxideremia" contains three generational stories, about a grandfather, a father, and a son, linked together by recurring motifs. The dim grandfather, an orderly during World War Two, lives in his bizarre fantasies; he desires love. The huge father seeks success as a top athlete -- a speed eater -- in the post-war pro-Soviet era. The grandson, a meek, small-boned taxidermist, yearns for something greater: immortality. He wants to create the most perfect work of art of all time by stuffing his

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Taxidermia is frequently funny, for those who can stomach it.

August 20, 2009 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Taxidermia sets a benchmark for body horror in the cinema.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Taxidermia is a brilliant, often grotesquely bizarre allegory on life in Hungary from World War II to the present, a surrealist fantasy exploring the limits of the body and its desires and altogether a darkly funny comedy.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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And now a word of advice from your friendly film critic: If you go to see the Hungarian black comedy Taxidermia, don't plan to eat afterward.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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Produces nightmarish horror and formal beauty in a surreal, Central European blend.

August 14, 2009
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Those who pride themselves on iron guts will want to trek down to Cinema Village for this surreal, stunty endurance test, occasionally redeemed by a darkly Pythonesque sense of humor.

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The gluttonous middle section of the film is by far its most successful.

May 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Surreal, grotesque and bitterly funny Hungarian art horror film ... aspires not to cult status as a torture porn totem but to the highest cinematic art.(It's not that, but give it points for trying.)

April 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

As sweeping in scope and vision as it is in viscera.

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

For those who can handle it, a viewing is an experience not soon forgotten.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Pálfi's fascination with the body -- its daily excretions and emanations -- borders on obsession

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source:

To Palfi's credit, he never attempts to titillate. His mind-boggling visual imagination is ably supported by Gergely Poharnok's camera and the art direction.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Visionary Hungarian director Gyorgy Palfi ("Hukkle") creates a grotesque satire that dissects Hungary's nationalist self identity with a pitch black sense of humor and extended gross-out sequences...

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

Pálfi's skill at making something as churlishly repulsive as a scene of self-mummification completely mesmerizing is a testament to his unparalleled dedication to imaginary grotesques.

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Taxidermia is merely slimy biological vaudeville.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Nothing if not an intriguing failure. One does not care about what happens so much as one grows increasingly alarmed at where director Gyorgy Palfi will take his film next.

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Contains some of the most viscerally troubling images, it is the bravura leap of imagination and brilliant cinematic techniques that make it special

August 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Bizarre, disturbing, with gaggles of unwatchable elements

August 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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ybridio Cronenberg kai Monty Python poy san metallagmenos korios rokanizei tis basikes ormes kai tis laimarges taseis poy mas kleidonoyn stin apoksenosi kai ti monaksia

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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Audience Reviews for Taxidermia

An interesting film that may be too repulsive but still we never look away. With a memorable direction and camera work, it tells a cynical (and often hilarious) story about three generations of deviant men who are a reflection of Hungary's History since WWII.
November 2, 2012

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A surrealist take on three generations of bizarre and perverted Hungarians: a horny army soldier (whose penis spouts fire), a competitive eater, and a taxidermist. It's technically well done and ranks high on the "I've never seen THAT before" weird grossout scale, but it lacks a point and, just like its final exhibit, a heart.
April 30, 2010
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Disgusting at times but also beautiful in the way it is presented. A great visual style, wonderful lighting and an imaginative series of events leads to a film unlike most others. One scene involves a pop-up book come to life. A whole film should be shot this way as that single moment was fantastic. Another great thing about this film is that you will see things you will never see anywhere else, such as a man shooting fire from his penis and a man having sex with a pig's carcass. This will be hard to stomach for some, and keeps it's comments on humanity buried beneth the surface. If you want to see some great vomiting sequences I suggest you watch Taxidermia. Foul, gross and weird, just like life. Well maybe a bit fouler, grosser and weirder than life.
February 4, 2009

Super Reviewer

Bizarre visceral story of three ages of man which has some wonderful visual flourishes backed up with great sound. The middle story is laced with a dark humour but I'm not quite sure of the point of it all.
January 26, 2008
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