Taxidermia

This is a 2006 Hungarian/Austrian/French surrealist comedy-drama horror film.

A few minutes in it became a bit of a shocker, with scenes that were just a tad hard to watch. I won’t go into details, but after watching cosy Hollywood films this reminded me that true film-makers don’t hold back, especially East-European film-makers.

It was split into three parts, following three generations of men. The first involves a dim-witted and quite perverse soldier who is under the control of an army lieutenant. The second part is about his son, who is a professional speed-eater, and the last part is about his son who is a taxidermist. The stories are intertwined, and are mostly either quite disgusting or gory, with added humour or bizarreness.

It is very well filmed and acted, and after the first act, which was the most disgusting of all, I found it to be very entertaining and quite funny. It is certainly not a film you would want to watch with anyone with a closed mind when it comes to film…just watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre instead. But, if you like something very different, and don’t mind watching speed-eaters projectile-vomit into buckets after a contest, then this is a highly recommended watch.

Date watched: August 3rd
Score: 8/10
Film count 2018: 51

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