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Saturday, June 26, 2010

[8.00/10] Taxidermia (2006)

Taxidermia (2006)

Told in three parts, "Taxidermia" is about the last three generations of Balatony males, a trio of men each weirder than the next. Each member of the Balatony family seemed to exhibit the physical and spiritual traits of an animal – Morosgoványi as the lustful rabbit, Kálmán as the gluttonous pig, and Lajos as the vainglorious bird. "Taxidermia" is exhaustively demented and disturbingly grotesque, however I can't recall when such unrelenting ugliness has been so transformed by the beauty of cinema. The director, György Pálfi, has done an almost miraculous job presenting the very essence of what is displeasing to the senses in the most achingly alluring and captivating manner. One may not notice just how complex this film is until the final scene is played out in masterful fashion. The acting is very good, and the performers manage to make their deviant characters oddly human and sympathetic despite the increasingly surreal nature of the film. Technically, this film is extremely well-made - amazing camera angles, style, music score, and special effects. The cinematography of the film stays true to the different eras the three generations of men experienced individually. It is pretty disturbing however, and it's variety of extreme close-ups include genitalia, self-surgery, barfing, masturbation, and of course, taxidermia. "Taxidermia" is outrageous, nasty and carnal, from start to finish, but never vulgar in its approach and execution. It's also visually captivating, unique and thoughtfully original!

  • My Rating: 8.00/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 80% (6.7/10)
  • IMDb: 7.0/10

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