Taxidermia (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Taxidermia (2006)



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

Movie Info

"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 own torso. Historical facts and surrealism become intertwined as magical realism, like in the works of Gabriel García Marquez or the Hungarian writer Lajos Parti Nagy; the script is based on two of the latter's stories. Palfi added the third story, that of the grandson the taxidermist.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: György Pálfi, Zsofia Ruttkay
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 2010
Regent Releasing - Official Site


Csaba Czene
as Vendel Morosgoványi
Gergo Trocsanyi
as Kálmán Balatony
Marc Bischoff
as Lajos Balatony
Istvan Gyuricza
as Hadnagy/young lieute...
Ivan Gyuricza
as Hadnagy/Young Lieute...
Piroska Molnár
as Hadnagyné/lieutenant...
Gabor Maté
as Old Kálmán
Géza Hegedüs D.
as Dr. Andor Regöczy
Zoltán Koppány
as Béla Miszlényi
Adel Stanczel
as Gizella Aczél
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News & Interviews for Taxidermia

Critic Reviews for Taxidermia

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (10)

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

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

Taxidermia sets a benchmark for body horror in the cinema.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Produces nightmarish horror and formal beauty in a surreal, Central European blend.

August 14, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

All this helps to shape Pálfi's crudely bombastic but impressive philosophical view of the body as landscape and art, a source of personal discovery, wonder, and annihilation.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer

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.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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