Gyorgy Palfi's cold portmanteau horror-drama charts the exploits of three generations of obsessive oddballs, quite literally of of different shapes and sizes. These range from a masturbating madman, a competitive eater with a stubby tail and a pasty taxidermist with a paedo hairdo. All are shot with beautifully dizzying rotating handi-cams and garish pans, interspersed with the odd vomit close-up.
In its own weird way, each story grows slightly more interesting and surprising than the last, before the film culminates in a finale far more intelligent and surprising than we'd ever have expected from a filmmaker predominantly interested in elaborate displays of grotesquerie.
Very much inspired in its grotesque nature, Taxidermia compiles three equally abhorrably related stories that are powerfully directed as well as written to shock with plenty of value behind.