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  • Actors: Csaba Czene, Gergely Trócsányi, Marc Bischoff, István Gyuricza, Piroska Molnár
  • Directors: György Pálfi
  • Writers: Lajos Parti Nagy, György Pálfi, Zsófia Ruttkay
  • Producers: Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Emilie Georges, Gabriele Kranzelbinder
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030U1TUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Taxidermia" on IMDb

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From the nightmarish imagination of Gyorgy Palfi comes Taxidermia, a surrealistic assault on the senses following three generations of men who are all damned from birth.

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If you like really strange movies then this one is for you.
Gorygal
This movie, rooted deeply in Hungarian culture and politics, tells the stories of three bodies, a grandfather, a father, and a son.
Binky Chottorrhœhia
This isn't a movie whose story lends itself to a great deal of suspense; it is spectacle, in the grand meaning of that term.
Robert Beveridge

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 7, 2009
Format: DVD
Taxidermia (Gyorgy Palfi, 2006)

Much has been made of the weird factor in Gyorgy Palfi's Taxidermia; I'm not sure whether it says more about the film or about me that I didn't see anything terribly out of the ordinary until the last ten minutes or so. There certainly wasn't anything weirder than one might find in an average John Waters movie until then. So why all the hate-on for what is, when it comes right down to it, a clever and well-crafted family drama, what might happen were, say, Dusan Makavejev to team up with Alexander Mackendrick to film a version of Jeffrey Archer's Kane and Abel, except about the lower-rent portions of society? (And yes, those who have been following my review for a very long time will know the accord I give all three of those artists, and yes, I'm placing Palfi in the same stratum.) Given my lack of weirdness-perception, the question then becomes, is it a good movie for someone who doesn't recognize the weird? Go back and reread the sentence before the question, and I think you'll already know where I stand on the issue. But my job is to review things, not just tell you how great they are. So I must keep typing, and you, dear reader, must keep reading.

Taxidermia tells the story of three generations of a dysfunctional Hungarian family. Grandfather, whose name is Vendel Morosgovanyi (Csaba Czene), is a low-ranking soldier during World War II who likes spying on the camp women when they bathe. This leads--though not at all in the natural way--to the birth of a son, Kalman Balatony (Gergely Trocsanyi), who, thanks to his upbringing, becomes a competitive eater in the seventies. He, in turn, marries the female competitive eating champion and the two of them have a son, Oreg (Gabor Mate), a taxidermist in contemporary Hungary.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sft on November 22, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a mordant, darkly comic tale of obsession spanning three generations. Captivating in its grossness, this is definitely not one for the squeamish. It's difficult to divine exactly what this movie is supposed to tell us, if it's attempting to tell us anything at all. The characters are uniformly grotesque, the plot is slight, and any possible meaning is distinctly nebulous. Palfi appeals to the viewer's voyeuristic tendencies and, it has to be said, not much else. But as a study of bodily compulsions it's interesting enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CullenG on February 11, 2012
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If you enjoy fantasy styles films that depict a world far stranger than your own, leaving you to ask the universe "WHAT THE F#@& DID I JUST WITNESS", the you'll certainly find enough entertainment value in this film for it to be worth watching once. Or perhaps you're simply trying to explore new territory in foreign and/or independent cinema, in which case, you may also find Taxidermia to be worth an hour-and-a-half of your time.

I would NOT recommend this movie to the casual, Sunday-evening film watcher. If you're even a little squeamish or frequently turn away from disgusting movie scenes; ever walked away from a conversation that suggested something slightly taboo; or simply aren't interested in things you don't fully understand, then this film is probably not for you.

First, understand that I love "dark, weird and twisted" for creativity's sake. This movie takes that to an entirely new level... and beyond. The visuals are very striking, and--among other things--will grab your attention right from the start.

Taxidermia is about the lives of three [strange] men over the course of three generations. The story segues from one life to the next without any real substance to tie them together. It feels more like three short films with disparate story lines, neither of which has a true plot other than to present itself as... strange.

I found the first chapter of the film to be quite thought provoking. It pulls the viewer into a dark and disgusting world, wandering where the writer will take the story next, and keeps one excited to find out... it's too strange not to be at least a little intrigued. The problem is, I found that the rest of the movie tends to get more disgusting as it progresses, where the story line quickly tapers off.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Wilkinson on March 23, 2011
Format: DVD
What do you get when you put together an orderly during WWII, a professional eater, and a taxidermist? Well, I'll tell you. You get a concoction of grotesque imagery, hilarious situations and a strong need for a shower. This is a story about a very strange Hungarian family over the course of three generations. A disturbing film with a lot of dark comedy "Taxidermia" also provides an intelligent commentary on the lengths humans take with their obsessions of the body.

"Taxidermia" is director György Pálfi second feature film following the highly unique "Hukkle". Pálfi takes a more discomforting turn in this outing but keeps the dark humor he showcased in his first feature. This film has it's "WTF" moments, but in the end it is a well made film with some unforgettable scenes and a successfully artsy ending.

"Taxidermia" is film about three generations of Hungarians. First, an orderly during WWII who is abused and mistreated. During a night of insanity he fathers an illegitimate son who ends up being raised by the orderly's Lieutenant. The son grows to be a champion in the sport of speed eating, a sport that is on the brink of epicness it seems. Finally the speed eater marries and produces a skinny pale son who grows to be a skilled taxidermist. We witness the psychosis of the orderly, the gluttony of speed eating and finally the beauty of the taxidermist. Be prepared to laugh, puke, laugh and puke a little more.

Visually the film is remarkable. Cinematographer Gergely Pohárnok returns from "Hukkle" providing excellent camera transitions and some unique "crane" shots. Veronika Merlin's art direction is also wonderful, the set pieces and costumes were very impressive and lent to the films gloomy yet comedic undertones.
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