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The Embalmer (2002)

L'imbalsamatore (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 September 2002 (Italy)
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
Rosario J. Gnolo ...
Entrepreneur
Vincenzo Puocci ...
Gangbanger #1
Renato Puocci ...
Gangbanger #2
Valentino Puocci ...
Gangbanger #3
Aldo Leonardi ...
Deborah's Boss
Nadia Carlomagno ...
Peppino's Friend #1
Rita Brugnoli ...
Peppino's Friend #2
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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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a fix for not feeling lonely
13 February 2004 | by (Cleveland, Ohio (USA)) – See all my reviews

A neat little gem, this movie. Not the greatest, but yet, approaches with a careful plot, the relationships between several people. Shot in outdoor location of Castel Volturno, a grayish wintery concrete condominium on the coast between Rome and Naples, and using direct sound and not the usual studio-added dialogues, it gives an immediate feel and support for the main character, Peppino, who, feeling lonely, convinces a young man to follow him into his trade of taxidermy. Peppino is a virtuoso in establishing relationships, and like a magician, he moves his hands and talks big without really revealing much, and gets the young man's attention. It reminded me a bit of "L.I.E.". Would love to see the actor and Danny de Vito in a movie together.


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