The Final Member

2014

The Final Member (2014)

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Critic Consensus: The Final Member refuses to coast on its provocative subject matter, delivering an engrossing documentary of economic length and impressive depth.

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Paris has the Louvre. London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland-a diminutive village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle-boasts the world's only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. Founded and curated by Sigurður "Siggi" Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses four decades worth of mammalian members, from a petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, and every "thing" in between. But, lamentably, Siggi's collection lacks the holy grail of phallic phantasmagoria: a human specimen. Siggi's world changes dramatically when he receives generous offers from an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American. However, as the competition for eternal penile preservation heats up between the two men, Siggi soon discovers that this process is more complicated than it initially appeared. In their debut feature film, Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math follow Siggi on his dogged, often emotional quest to complete his exhibition in a peculiar, yet startlingly relatable, story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small). (c) Drathouse

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Even though the running time is short, the movie feels stretched out. Perhaps the curious subject matter would have been better served in, er, short form.

Apr 24, 2014 | Full Review…

One can't really fault Bekhor and Math for trying to entertain rather than educate viewers. But their carnival barker callousness is really disturbing ...

Apr 18, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The subject of an eccentric new documentary, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is devoted to preserving the male genitalia of mammals.

Apr 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4

A little slow and a whole heap surreal, "The Final Member" documents the search for that last specimen with a twinkle in its eye and warmth in its tone.

Apr 17, 2014 | Full Review…

[C]ould easily be nothing but snickers and mockery, but the directors offer a work filled with warmth, humor and humanism.

Apr 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Final Member boasts a stranger-than-fiction subject so odd and funny it almost couldn't miss. But Bekhor and Math make the film much more than a limp gag.

Apr 17, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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