Taxidermia
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Taxidermia is frequently funny, for those who can stomach it."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"And now a word of advice from your friendly film critic: If you go to see the Hungarian black comedy Taxidermia, don't plan to eat afterward."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The gluttonous middle section of the film is by far its most successful."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"For those who can handle it, a viewing is an experience not soon forgotten."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Visionary Hungarian director Gyorgy Palfi ("Hukkle") creates a grotesque satire that dissects Hungary's nationalist self identity with a pitch black sense of humor and extended gross-out sequences..."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Taxidermia sets a benchmark for body horror in the cinema."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Produces nightmarish horror and formal beauty in a surreal, Central European blend."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Surreal, grotesque and bitterly funny Hungarian art horror film ... aspires not to cult status as a torture porn totem but to the highest cinematic art.(It's not that, but give it points for trying.)"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Pálfi's fascination with the body -- its daily excretions and emanations -- borders on obsession"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com
"Pálfi's skill at making something as churlishly repulsive as a scene of self-mummification completely mesmerizing is a testament to his unparalleled dedication to imaginary grotesques."
‑ Simon Abrams, New York Press
"Taxidermia is a brilliant, often grotesquely bizarre allegory on life in Hungary from World War II to the present, a surrealist fantasy exploring the limits of the body and its desires and altogether a darkly funny comedy."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Those who pride themselves on iron guts will want to trek down to Cinema Village for this surreal, stunty endurance test, occasionally redeemed by a darkly Pythonesque sense of humor."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"As sweeping in scope and vision as it is in viscera."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"To Palfi's credit, he never attempts to titillate. His mind-boggling visual imagination is ably supported by Gergely Poharnok's camera and the art direction."
‑ Dan Fainaru, Screen International
"Taxidermia is merely slimy biological vaudeville."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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