Directed by: Gyorgy Palfi
Starring: Csaba Czene (Morosgovanyi), Gergely Trócsányi (Balatony Kalman), Adél Stanczel (Aczel Gizi), Marc Bischoff (Balatony Lajoska), Piroska Molnár (Hadnagyne)
Country: Hungary, European Cinema
Language: Hungarian, (English subs)
Genres: Body Modification, Violence Against-Relationships with Animals, Surreal, Old-Young, Puking, Voyeur, Obesity-Overeating, Self-Harm, Military
Plot – Spoilers:
Taxidermia is broadly a three segment movie about 3 men across three generations.
The first segment set during the 2nd World War, centers on a pathetically lonely and oppressed soldier Morosgovanyi, who is effectively a slave to his Lieutenant master and family at a remote outpost. Morosgovanyi, when he’s not performing menial tasks in the bitter cold, spends his time indulging in sexual deviations including burning himself with a candle flame, humping the carcass of a pig, voyeuristic ogling at the Lieutenant’s daughters, and pedophilic fantasies.
The second segment moves to his son – unclear if it’s his or the Lieutenant’s son because of the bizarre pig tail it’s born with. Anyway, this guy makes a career out of being a pig and is a national champion at speed eating gargantuan quantities of food. He later ironically sires a pale and skinny boy who grows up to be a master taxidermist. The 3rd segment is about this father-son duo and has one of the most weird ideas ever imagined, as its climax.
Favorite Scenes – Spoilers:
1. Morosgovanyi masturbating to the Lieutenant’s daughters and getting his cock pecked by an idle cock is hilariously sad.
2. The self-taxidermy by Lajoska:
Having attached himself to some sort of a heart-lung contraption and with the use of all sorts of chemicals and preservatives, watching him neatly carve out his internals and organs is almost aesthetically pleasing. The lack of gore against the clean and precise incisions makes it a riveting watch.