L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist)
L' Imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (The Taxidermist) (2002)

Matteo Garrone's The Embalmer tells the sad story of a love triangle. Peppino (Ernesto Mahieux), a mob-connected dwarf who works as a taxidermist, establishes a working relationship with Valerio (Valerio Foglia Manzillo), who loves… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 6, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Intriguingly creepy and unsettling.

Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

In spite of some stiltedness, The Embalmer is an oft-intriguing examination of unquenched desire and the power of beauty.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Seductive, suspenseful psychological drama.

Pamela Troy

A twisted and fascinating tale, with a climax that's as logical as it is unexpected

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Masterful at concealing its true nature and surprising us with the turns of the story.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly


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Kent Turner

[Actor Ernesto] Mahieux adds layers of gentleness and false bravado in what could have been a stereotypical role.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

The movie, a keen look at the way passion unravels and obsession destroys, creates a black mood, a sense of truth and an enduring chill that stay with you.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Mahieux ... builds a character so relentlessly powerful and creepy that The Embalmer leaves an aftertaste -- we can practically smell him.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Despite its virtues, the picture comes across rather like something that has itself been disinterred from the fairly remote past.

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