L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist) (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist) (2002)

L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist) (2002)



Critic Consensus: Intriguingly creepy and unsettling.

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Matteo Garrone's The Embalmer tells the sad story of a love triangle. Peppino (Ernesto Mahieux), a mob-connected dwarf who works as a taxidermist, establishes a working relationship with Valerio (Valerio Foglia Manzillo), who loves animals. The closeted Peppino, who carries a torch for Valerio, is threatened when Valerio takes up with Deborah (Elisabetta Rocchetti), who moves in with the pair. Soon the tension leads to horrible acts committed by and on the different members of the group. The Embalmer was screened at the Director's Fortnight during the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.


Lina Bernardi
as Deborah's mother
Pietro Biondi
as Deborah's father
Bernardino Terracciano
as Don Pasqualino
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Critic Reviews for L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist)

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (16)

In spite of some stiltedness, The Embalmer is an oft-intriguing examination of unquenched desire and the power of beauty.

Full Review… | December 11, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Masterful at concealing its true nature and surprising us with the turns of the story.

Full Review… | November 14, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The movie, a keen look at the way passion unravels and obsession destroys, creates a black mood, a sense of truth and an enduring chill that stay with you.

November 13, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Seductive, suspenseful psychological drama.

October 2, 2003
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic


Full Review… | October 2, 2003
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Mahieux ... builds a character so relentlessly powerful and creepy that The Embalmer leaves an aftertaste -- we can practically smell him.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist)

Read some of the other review and critics, and then don't rent the movie. It is a real bore. Not even a good idea for a movie. The director and screen writer should have been fired. Midway the thing just drags on and on and on.. Not recommended.

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