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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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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
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Disturbingly moving. Loneliness isn't justified.
23 December 2007 | by (Noctropolis) – See all my reviews

A fantastic dramatic feature that uses the conventional exploitation features. Peppino is a man who suffers from dwarfism and he can't handle it because he's a lonely man who needs attention, love, and most of all, company. His work is creepy enough to keep people away from him; he's an embalmer who has nexus with the mafia of Napoli.

Suddenly he meets the young and handsome Valerio who quickly becomes his best friend because he treats Peppino like a normal person although he's discriminated by a part of society. Peppino suddenly becomes obsessed with him to the point that both their lives are at risk.

Everything turns into a nightmare when Valerio meets and then falls in love with the spectacular and sexy Deborah. Peppino becomes very jealous and does everything possible to keep the couple separated. Sadly enough, his dark intentions lead to a sad and moving ending...

This movie is not 100% exploitation because it's made on a solid plot structure and character development. I would consider this as an Art film with slight exploitation references and black comedy issues.

For example, when I mention exploitation I put as an example Valerio's dream (or nightmare?) where Peppino comes into his bedroom at night and tries to do him oral sex. That scene hints the audience that Peppino is sexually attracted to Valerio even though they party with prostitutes, drinks, and women in general.

Anyways, this movie also displays the complex relationships between a woman-man couple, and a friendship between a physically normal young man and a man with dwarfism. Not a common movie for Hollywood's standards.

I totally recommend this movie for those who are tired of Hollywood's crap.

Oh and I have to mention that it features some DELIGHTFULLY BEAUTIFUL places from the always spectacular Italy. I'm glad I had the chance to visit some places.

A beautiful movie with a STRONG message.

Ernesto Mahieux ... Peppino Valerio Foglia Manzillo ... Valerio Elisabetta Rocchetti ... Deborah


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