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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
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,
"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,
"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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