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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 »

Director:

Matteo Garrone

Writers:

Ugo Chiti (story and screenplay), Massimo Gaudioso (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Mahieux Ernesto Mahieux ... Peppino Profeta
Valerio Foglia Manzillo Valerio Foglia Manzillo ... Valerio
Elisabetta Rocchetti ... Deborah
Lina Bernardi ... Deborah's Mother
Pietro Biondi Pietro Biondi ... Deborah's Father
Marcella Granito Marcella Granito ... Manuela
Giuseppe Arena Giuseppe Arena ... Workshop's Owner (as Beppe Arena)
Bernardino Terracciano Bernardino Terracciano ... Boss
Rosario J. Gnolo Rosario J. Gnolo ... Entrepreneur
Vincenzo Puocci Vincenzo Puocci ... Gangbanger #1
Renato Puocci Renato Puocci ... Gangbanger #2
Valentino Puocci Valentino Puocci ... Gangbanger #3
Aldo Leonardi Aldo Leonardi ... Deborah's Boss
Nadia Carlomagno Nadia Carlomagno ... Peppino's Friend #1
Rita Brugnoli 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Italy]

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

6 September 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Taxidermist See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€45,755 (Italy), 8 September 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,313, 20 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$55,606, 21 December 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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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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Top Quality Italian Noir
1 July 2008 | by latineseSee all my reviews

It's a noir, no doubt... you even have the dark lady. Take three excellent actors, a well-chosen setting, a young and talented director, and you have L'imbalsamatore. Once again, when an Italian director is really good, like Sergio Leone, he can take an American film genre, turn it upside down and make a great Italian movie. However, Garrone proved how good he is not just by filming this, but by making another masterpiece, that is, Gomorra. If you like this one, try also the other movie. Basically one of the plots of Gomorra is set in the same places where L'imbalsamatore is set.

Another important element of the film is the landscape. When Italian directors are at their best, they can render landscape like no one. Garrone can do this with the wastelands of Northern Campania.

Hats off, then, to Ernesto Mahieux, who delivers an impressive performance that you won't forget easily...


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