Orozco the Embalmer (2001)

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AKA: Orozco el Embalsamador
Directed by: Kiyotaka Tsurisaki
Starring: Froilan Orozco (Himself)
Country: Japan, Colombia, Asian Cinema, South American Cinema
Language: Spanish (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:32:02
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Based on a True Story, Misery-Depressing

Plot – Spoilers:
Set in a derelict town of Bogota, Colombia, Orozco the Embalmer is a documentary that follows an experienced embalmer Froilan Orozco and his fellowmen as they deal with the almost daily influx of accident and murder victims. The process of making a dead body presentable to family members is unflinchingly captured and what makes it a hard hitting work is the depressing shadow of the townsfolk who live their lives around the bodies constantly littering their streets.

It also provides a perhaps shocking insight into how resilient a dead body can be to crude, rude handling by rusty, seemingly inappropriate implements. And yet how effective and efficient these scrap tools can be in the hands of skilled and experienced men.

3 thoughts on “Orozco the Embalmer (2001)

  • September 10, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Wow much love for uploading this here, hard to find little gem. Not really all that well made but it has a gritty raw charm that is unlike anything I’ve seen so far.

  • April 18, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    This is an absolutely fascinating documentary regarding embalming in Colombia. Mad how different it is done there. 10/10, worth the watch.

  • June 14, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Excellent! I would add it to the “Mondo movies” genre too! 🙂


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