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The Embalmer (2002)
"L'imbalsamatore" (original title)

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Peppino is an aging taxidermist constantly ridiculed for being short and somewhat creepy. He meets Valerio, a handsome young man fascinated by Peppino's work. Peppino, in turn, becomes ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Mahieux ...
Peppino Profeta
Valerio Foglia Manzillo ...
Valerio
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Deborah
...
Deborah's Mother
Pietro Biondi ...
Deborah's Father
Marcella Granito ...
Manuela
Giuseppe Arena ...
Workshop's Owner (as Beppe Arena)
Bernardino Terracciano ...
Boss
Vincenzo Puocci ...
Gangbanger #1
Valentino Puocci ...
Gangbanger #3
Antonella Lori ...
Boss's Wife
Aldo Leonardi ...
Deborah's Boss
Nadia Carlomagno ...
Peppino's Friend #1
Rita Brugnoli ...
Peppino's Friend #2
Livia Rasetti ...
Peppino's Friend #3
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Storyline

Peppino is an aging taxidermist constantly ridiculed for being short and somewhat creepy. He meets Valerio, a handsome young man fascinated by Peppino's work. Peppino, in turn, becomes entranced by Valerio and offers him a large salary to come work as his assistant. But when Valerio meets Deborah, their fledgling romance is threatened by an insanely jealous third wheel. Written by Anonymous

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6 September 2002 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Taxidermist  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,313 (USA) (18 July 2003)

Gross:

$55,606 (USA) (19 December 2003)
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The movie is loosely based on a true fact, the murder of taxidermist by his protégé in 1990. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Your Man
Written by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Leonard Cohen
Courtesy of Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Great Italian movie.
14 September 2002 | by (Caluso, Italy.) – See all my reviews



This movie is a real surprise for italian cinematography. It's a movie which stands on it's own, a movie like no other. Matteo Garrone is for sure a talent and now everybody in the industry should take care of his next steps. "The Embalmer" is a movie of rare introspection and an example of what can do an excellent screenplay. The characters are all very well portrayed and the actors are simply made for their roles. Ernesto Mahieux is simply stunning, his performance is so good that he should win an Oscar for it. Valerio Foglia Manzillo and Elisabetta Rocchetti (that has got wonderful eyes) are very impressive in their parts and all of them works out together with a particular chemistry. The locations and the music are also very effective. Definitively this movie is an example of what italian cinema should be. A gem. I rate it 10 (excellent).


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