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Taxidermia (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | 23 August 2006 (France)
Three generations of men, including a pervert that constantly seeks for new kinds of satisfaction, an obese speed eater and a passionate embalmer.

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Gergely Trócsányi ...
Balatony Kálmán (as Trócsányi Gergõ)
Marc Bischoff ...
Balatony Lajoska
Gina Moreno ...
Ferike
István Gyuricza ...
Hadnagy (as Gyuricza István)
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Hadnagyné (as Molnár Piroska)
Gábor Máté ...
Öreg Balatony Kálmán (as Máté Gábor)
Géza Hegedüs D. ...
Dr. Regõczy Andor (as Hegedüs D. Géza)
Zoltán Koppány ...
Miszlényi Béla (as Koppány Zoltán)
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Krisztián
Adél Stanczel ...
Aczél Gizi (as Stanczel Adél)
Éva Kuli ...
Leóna (as Kuli Éva)
Lajos Parti Nagy ...
Dédnagypapa (as Parti Nagy Lajos)
Attila Lõrinczy ...
Pap (as Lõrinczy Attila)
Mihály Pálfi ...
Baba (as Mihály Pálfi)
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Three generations of men, including a pervert that constantly seeks for new kinds of satisfaction, an obese speed eater and a passionate embalmer.

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Three stories. Three generations. Three men. One bizarre and shocking universe.

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Comedy | Drama | Horror

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23 August 2006 (France)  »

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Tarihefsi  »

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Budget:

HUF 500,000,000 (estimated)

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$342 (USA) (11 September 2009)

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$10,205 (USA) (6 November 2009)
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Director György Pálfi won $10,000 at the 2004 Sundance/NHK Filmmakers Award while Taxidermia (2006) was in pre-production. The other two projects that won in 2004: Casa de Areia (2005) and Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005). See more »

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Easily makes my top 10 films of the naughties!
6 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Gyorgy Palfi's second feature Taxidermia is definitely a milestone in Hungarian film-making, it is a truly astonishing experience and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to broaden their taste for cinema. I found the film to be a deep black comedy with some stomach churning, twisted scenes intermixed with beautiful artwork and sophomore characters.

Through chronicling the lives of three generations of one family (a soldier from the Second World War, a sportsman and a taxidermist) each is shown to have their own perverse and distorted lifestyle which is cleverly exhibited through (among other approaches), myriad masturbation, excessive gluttony, deformation, dismemberment and taxidermy. In this film Palfi has created a deviant and anomalous world and, via his own talented cinema techniques, has managed to depict it in a shrewdly reflective manner i.e. he holds a mirror up to our own. Those familiar with European cinema will be able to reminisce with the many influences on show, with some scenes even harking back to Pasolini's epic, Salo - this is also combined with many other surreal influences. Some would argue that Taxidermia is a gory, violent and unnecessarily eccentric film but it is all necessary in serving its narrative and is not present for titillation purposes - as is so often found in some of the more contemporary European cinema.

Generally I feel that Taxidermia tells of a society in which defect, sleaze and dishonesty serves its creators own personal vision or goal to further themselves and that this search justifies everything, regardless of how twisted or harmful. In addition to this journey Taxidermia presents the audience with some of the ugliest and darkest places of the human mind. Without saying anymore, I would even go so far to say that Taxidermia is one of the greatest feats of 21st century movie-making.


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