Film #7: TAXIDERMIA
4 out of 5 stars
Another re-watch! Man… where to start? You simply have to love any movie that opens with a guy playing with fire and masturbating and then suddenly a BLAST (think propane jet) of fire erupts out of his penis. Then… things gets really weird. Gyorgy Palfi's TAXIDERMIA seems heavily influenced by the style of… say, an Alejandro Jodorowsky (SANTA SANGRE, EL TOPO) or a Marc Caro / Jean-Pierre Jeaunet (DELICATESSEN, CITY OF LOST CHILDREN). The plot is basically that of a bloodline of folk and starts with a family (whose “helper” is the aforementioned penis fire guy) and then on to a family of, for want of a better word, “competitive eaters” and ends with the story of the son of said family who is a taxidermist. Populated by a host of very odd characters, TAXIDERMIA is a film that is very hard to take your eyes away from even while it is challenging to understand. Yes, it is eccentric. Yes, it is - at times - pretty gross. But there is a unified vision here that is unique and pretty damned breathtaking. TAXIDERMIA is not a film that a majority of people will like, but… it is unlike anything you’ve seen before. What can I say? I enjoyed it immensely. Also check out my review on another of Palfi's films, HUKKLE, on last year's challenge's blog. Recommended!