Taxidermia

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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 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.

Cast

Csaba Czene
as Vendel Morosgoványi
Gergo Trocsanyi
as Kálmán Balatony
Marc Bischoff
as Lajos Balatony
Istvan Gyuricza
as Hadnagy/young lieutenant
Ivan Gyuricza
as Hadnagy/Young Lieutenant
Piroska Molnár
as Hadnagyné/lieutenant's wife
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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Critic Reviews for Taxidermia

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Audience Reviews for Taxidermia

  • Jun 18, 2013
    Just horrible all the way around. You can't even watch a single scene without becoming completely disgusted by what you are viewing.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2010
    Let me tell ya Foreign movies REALLY work up to the point of it! Most of this movie didn?t even fit the title. To start you hear a male voice in (Russian?) which is louder than the translator (part of movie) after an hour & 15-20 minutes is where the Taxidermia part actually comes in. Until this part I was getting bored. Although I will say the movie in a few ways is gross in various ways. Tho? the end is kinda artsy in a ?Bodies? (in Motion)Exibit sort of way. (its in NY city) for me was a waste of my Halloween. C (cause I?m not sure how to rate this one!)
  • Aug 07, 2010
    "Taxidermia" follows three generations of some odd men in Hungary. It is a sub-real movie that is extremely well-made; great camera angles, style, acting, music, and effects, however, it is pretty disturbing and gross. Really good film, visually beautiful, stylish, bizarre and disturbing.
    John M Super Reviewer

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