An indigestible digest of the worst of contemporary cinema: Jeunet and Caro, Von Trier, Seidl e tutti quanti, the spy-movie promoter of the human vulgarity and obscenity transformed into a surplus value of a supposedly smart and interventional comic. An aesthetic and ethical horror.
I don't think I've ever been more disappointed in a director's sophomore effort than I was with this. To me Hukkle is an overlooked masterpiece and one of the best films of the 2000's, yet this film comes across as derivative Jean-Pierre Jeunet. While I always admire directors who go out of their comfort zone and try different things, the film really didn't do much for me.
Taxidermy is the art of stuffing the skin of the deceased. Taxidermia is where the cadavers of the dead are brought to life. How apt a title for this carnivalesque of grotesques, bleak fairytale rogues, septic protagonists of weird & wired cautionary yarns. I loved its complete disregard for the manners of modern realist cinema. Gyorgy Palfi has inherited his own dark corner of the woods. Folk tales for broken folk.
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
This is my shit! Its a beautiful freak show of a movie. The filmmaking alone had me charmed (and amazed (the little match girl sequence was perfect)) and then the content found a place in my heart. Yes, the narrative is fractured but it has a larger mission to accomplished than to tell one cohesive story. There is a certain moral responsibility set up by generations before you. But is that success life or death?
After revisiting this gem for the fifth or sixth time, one is able to find more of a structured story in what originally seems like a fractured, phantasmagorical assembly of insanity. While it very well is fractured, phantasmagorical, and insane, it is also a very complex study of the pressure that generations leave unto the next. Familial and nationalistic pride fuels this gorgeous, twisted triptych.
Certainly one of the most grotesque and flat-out revolting movies I've ever seen, but it's hard to see its repulsive bravado as going for mere shock value when the filmmaking is so sharp and refined. The cinematography and production design are superb, which elevates it to the level of a kind of operatic ugliness. Definitely not for all tastes, but a fascinating cinematic oddity for the open-minded.
It was all over the place and I still can't figure out why it's in 3 parts when only the last part seems "relevant". It was grotesque and for lack of a better word, WTF at points, but despite all that, I actually liked it by the end. It was good. I even saw it a second time.