(Taxidermia runs mainly in the festival circuit)
I found myself strangely attracted to captivated by György Pálfi‘s 2nd feature – the disturbing yet strangely humane Taxidermia.
Taxidermia is a multi-generational pseudo-fairy tale. Without giving too much away, it is about a lowly military servant, a speed-eating athlete, and a taxidermist.
Yes, there are explicit scenes, lots of gore and viscera flipping around and other weird phenomena going on. That churned me many times over, left me tethering on the edge of sanity, at many points seemed so detached from reality that it became excruciatingly funny. But the amazing thing is despite all this, it comes across as a very human piece of work, exposing a different side of certain rituals of life we constantly stylise, like having sex or eating, and showing the varied paths that people will take to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.
“Three stories. Three ages. Three men. Grandfather, father, son. One is an orderly, one is a leading sportsman, and one is a master taxidermist. One desires love, the other success, and the third immortality.”
Such a simple synopsis, yet it can be read on multiple levels. Watch one of the finest Hungarian directors in the scene today and you will be in for an unforgettable mental and visual ‘feast’!
PS. oh check out their cool nifty website and R21 trailer.