Taxidermia (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Taxidermia (2006)



Critic Consensus: Surreal and visually striking, Taxidermia is, at times, graphic and difficult to watch, but creatively touches on disturbing subjects with imagination and wit.

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"Taxideremia" contains three generational stories, about a grandfather, a father, and a son, linked together by recurring motifs. The dim grandfather, an orderly during World War Two, lives in his bizarre fantasies; he desires love. The huge father seeks success as a top athlete -- a speed eater -- in the post-war pro-Soviet era. The grandson, a meek, small-boned taxidermist, yearns for something greater: immortality. He wants to create the most perfect work of art of all time by stuffing his own torso. Historical facts and surrealism become intertwined as magical realism, like in the works of Gabriel García Marquez or the Hungarian writer Lajos Parti Nagy; the script is based on two of the latter's stories. Palfi added the third story, that of the grandson the taxidermist.


Csaba Czene
as Vendel Morosgoványi
Gergo Trocsanyi
as Kálmán Balatony
Marc Bischoff
as Lajos Balatony
Istvan Gyuricza
as Hadnagy/young lieutenant
Ivan Gyuricza
as Hadnagy/Young Lieutenant
Piroska Molnár
as Hadnagyné/lieutenant's wife
Gabor Maté
as Old Kálmán
Géza Hegedüs D.
as Dr. Andor Regöczy
Zoltán Koppány
as Béla Miszlényi
Adel Stanczel
as Gizella Aczél
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Critic Reviews for Taxidermia

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (21)

Taxidermia is frequently funny, for those who can stomach it.

August 20, 2009 | Rating: B-
Top Critic

Taxidermia sets a benchmark for body horror in the cinema.

August 14, 2009 | Full Review…

Taxidermia is a brilliant, often grotesquely bizarre allegory on life in Hungary from World War II to the present, a surrealist fantasy exploring the limits of the body and its desires and altogether a darkly funny comedy.

August 14, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

And now a word of advice from your friendly film critic: If you go to see the Hungarian black comedy Taxidermia, don't plan to eat afterward.

August 14, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Produces nightmarish horror and formal beauty in a surreal, Central European blend.

August 14, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5

Pálfi's skill at making something as churlishly repulsive as a scene of self-mummification completely mesmerizing is a testament to his unparalleled dedication to imaginary grotesques.

August 12, 2009

Audience Reviews for Taxidermia


An interesting film that may be too repulsive but still we never look away. With a memorable direction and camera work, it tells a cynical (and often hilarious) story about three generations of deviant men who are a reflection of Hungary's History since WWII.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A surrealist take on three generations of bizarre and perverted Hungarians: a horny army soldier (whose penis spouts fire), a competitive eater, and a taxidermist. It's technically well done and ranks high on the "I've never seen THAT before" weird grossout scale, but it lacks a point and, just like its final exhibit, a heart.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer


Disgusting at times but also beautiful in the way it is presented. A great visual style, wonderful lighting and an imaginative series of events leads to a film unlike most others. One scene involves a pop-up book come to life. A whole film should be shot this way as that single moment was fantastic. Another great thing about this film is that you will see things you will never see anywhere else, such as a man shooting fire from his penis and a man having sex with a pig's carcass. This will be hard to stomach for some, and keeps it's comments on humanity buried beneth the surface. If you want to see some great vomiting sequences I suggest you watch Taxidermia. Foul, gross and weird, just like life. Well maybe a bit fouler, grosser and weirder than life.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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