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Gyorgy Palfi's Taxidermia tells the stories of three generations of Hungarian men (one a sexually frustrated, low-life, peeping-tom soldier, his son who is an obese Communist champion speed eater, and the grandson, a twisted taxidermist who is trying to invent a machine so he can embalm himself) while at the same time satirically mocking Hungary's struggles as it passes from imperial servitude, through Soviet authority, to independent lethargy.
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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. Again, I enjoy strange and disgusting in a film, but there needs to be substance behind the idea. I felt the story played out like several unfinished thoughts, then some how concluded like you just walked in on the wrong part--or end of--what was probably an oddly intriguing conversation.
The soundtrack (by Amon Tobin) is another matter entirely: excellent!