Gyorgy Palfi’s second feature Taxidermia is definitely a milestone in Hungarian film-making, it is 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. Best film in both Chicago & Transylvanian Film Festival in 2006. –hungariant
György Pálfi was born in 1974 in Budapest. He started shooting experimental Super 8 movies in 1987 and began making a name for himself while still in school at Budapest’s Theater and Film Academy (1995–2002) where he studied direction. He drew international attention with his writer-director feature debut Hukkle, honored with a European Film Award for Discovery of the Year, and at festivals in Sochi, Cottbus, and Budapest. His second feature, Taxidermia, quickly became known for its kinkiness and violence. Taxidermia received the best director award at the 2006 Transylvania International Film Festival and four prizes at Hungarian Film Week – for best film, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and the critics award. He often writes the scripts for his films and even occasionally acts. —seefilmla.org
A thematically inspirational film to watch and a style that reminds me of a deranged Jean-Pierre Jeunet...but a film that is unique in its own right.
There are aspects of this film that I loved and aspects I didn't quite understand. I wish the film was longer, because 30 minutes per segment wasn't enough for me to establish an emotional connect to these characters. The filmmaking and visuals were excellent and I loved the film's fascination with the grotesque. The ending was magic and very moving. Some things worked and some things didn't. Overall I liked it a lot
It’s a exaggerated reality. Face it. All in all, fucking disturbing, but hey, at some point, life gets disturbing, Palfi, just chose to show it in this way. I won’t say i love it, but surly i really… read review