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L'imbalsamatore (2002)

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Mad Samoan
Written by Francesco Lopresti
Performed by Bradipos Four
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Under the skin
21 March 2005 | by PAolo-10See all my reviews

Definitely not a movie for everyone. I looked for this movie immediately after seeing the most recent Garrone feature, Primo Amore (First Love) currently in the Festival circuit.

The structure of the movies is non surprisingly very similar: a love story that transcends understanding and plays with common notions of relationship and sexuality, eventually trespassing into obsession. Again Garrone starts from a true story, but tries to make something universal, abstracting it from time (no modern technology) and space. The geography of the action is clear (well, at least to Italian) but the beautiful photography transforms the landscape into chiaroscuro paintings of foggy uncertainty. Ernesto Mahieux is the perfect choice for the central character-- a strong although somewhat physically stunted, madly in love protagonist.

This is one movie that is difficult to classify: it's not a thriller, and very few will consider this a love story, although it borrows elements from both genres to construct something unique that gets under the skin of the spectator. Think Fellini and Lynch, but without the gratuitous weirdness. A little gem, for the few who will get it.


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