Taxidermia (2006)

"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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 3, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Surreal and visually striking, Taxidermia is, at times, graphic and difficult to watch, but creatively touches on disturbing subjects with imagination and wit.

Noel Murray
AV Club

Taxidermia is frequently funny, for those who can stomach it.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Mr. Pálfi's grandiose vision and technical bravado are nothing short of mesmerizing, yet there are also plenty of tender moments amid the go-for-broke follies.

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Eddie Cockrell

Taxidermia sets a benchmark for body horror in the cinema.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Produces nightmarish horror and formal beauty in a surreal, Central European blend.

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The gluttonous middle section of the film is by far its most successful.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice

All this helps to shape Pálfi's crudely bombastic but impressive philosophical view of the body as landscape and art, a source of personal discovery, wonder, and annihilation.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.)

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
An interesting film that may be too repulsive but still we never look away. With a memorable direction and camera work, it tells a cynical (and often hilarious)… More
Gordon Anderson
Bizarre visceral story of three ages of man which has some wonderful visual flourishes backed up with great sound. The middle story is laced with a dark humour… More
Greg S
A surrealist take on three generations of bizarre and perverted Hungarians: a horny army soldier (whose penis spouts fire), a competitive eater, and a… More
Saskia D.
Sick, disturbing and brilliant.
Luke Baldock
Disgusting at times but also beautiful in the way it is presented. A great visual style, wonderful lighting and an imaginative series of events leads to a film… More
John Ballantine
Just horrible all the way around. You can't even watch a single scene without becoming completely disgusted by what you are viewing.