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Taxidermia (2006)

Director:
György Pálfi 
COUNTRY
Hungary/Austria/France
GENRE
Comedy/Drama
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Taxidermia
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Taxidermia
RUNNING TIME
91 minutes
Producer:
Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Emilie Georges
Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Alexandre Mallet-Guy 
Screenwriter (based on short stories by Lajos Parti Nagy):
György Pálfi
Zsófia Ruttkay


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Morosgoványi Csaba Czene
Balatony Kálmán Gergely Trócsányi ˝
Balatony Lajoska Marc Bischoff
Hadnagyné Piroska Molnár
Aczél Gizi Adél Stanczel
Dr. Regőczy Andor Géza D. Hegedüs

 

Review

Director Pálfi draws inspiration from Peter Greenaway and David Cronenberg in this black comedy centered around three generations of obsessions in pre- to post-communist Hungary. The explicit themes are sex, food and the (im)mortality of the human body, and Pálfi makes it come alive through his delicate lense and his great sense of set pieces. In segments, Taxidermia will get to you with riveting effect as Pálfi's images balance playfully between the visceral and the aesthetic, between the ugly and the beautiful. The social comments included has a Kaurismäkian quality, and Pálfi's fine command of the timeline he presents gives the film relevance seen in a political and social light. Seen as a reaction to communistic rationing, the gluttony of Kálmán must naturally be put to an end by post-communist Lajoska. Top notch musical score by Amon Tobin caps this original film.

Copyright © 10.5.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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