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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
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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
Renato Puocci ...
Gangbanger #2
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
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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 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)  »

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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 »

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Written by Francesco Lopresti
Performed by Bradipos Four
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Interesting, a bit darker type of film worth taking the evening to see
7 August 2005 | by (Washington, DC, United States of America) – See all my reviews

From beginning to end, the artful use of cinematography is exact. The director conveys the emotion through the use of scenery, "natural" lighting, or lack thereof, and the soundtrack.

The production team and cast did a great job of taking words on paper and creating an original, thought evoking film that has no real category. A sort of twisted love story with a rather unexpected ending, where you are compelled to see what happens next by a feeling of expectation and suspense, not knowing when some major event will happen and actually being surprised when they do.

The actors do a great job of conveying the emotions, thoughts, and tensions in every scene, especially Ernesto Mahieux and Valerio Foglia Manzillo.

Unlike many subtitled films, whoever performed the English translation seems to have converted the Italian flawlessly- bravo to them.

A film that is not likely to see wide distribution, and comes across as not trying to do so. More emphasis seems to be on the personal connection with each viewer, who then takes an interest in the storyline and anxiously awaits the rest of the story.

Possibly a gateway film for those interested in Film Noire or who simply want to take a break from the usual with a bit "darker" film- worth the viewing charge.


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