Hungarian body horror, in which we follow the lives of three generations of extremely odd individuals. Watch their increasingly strange exploits involving the erotic use of fire, a speed eating contest and a cat prison.
Our story starts with a pervert, whose tale is basically an ongoing escalation of continually stranger methods to find sexual, enlightenment I suppose. What I love about his story is that, in normal Hollywood films if sexual parts of the body are on display, they are always over sexualised and made out to be abnormal in a sense, whereas in this movie they are shown very matter-of-factly and presented as what they are: just parts of the human body. The film then follows the tale of the pervert’s son, a child prodigy speed eater, who has fallen out of form. Really this is the part people with weak stomachs will want to skip, as if the actual speed eating itself wasn’t vile enough, they then all vomit the same food out again, in order to continue onto the next round. We then watch the tale of the speed-eaters son, a depressed taxidermist, who has to look after his now horrifically obese, and unable to move, father and his army of cats kept in the filthiest, most upsetting cage imaginable. If you are a real cat lover this will be a difficult watch, as it has been made so well, you can almost smell and feel the filth coming from this prison.
This is an odd film. But it has a certain beauty in its oddity. The way this film is shot is reason enough to watch it. The use of colour and angles is handled with brilliance not usually seen in popular cinema, this is one of those films which reinforces the view that film is really an art form, not just a means for getting stinking rich.
However, this is not for the squeamish. Where in most films, disgusting films are implied, or perhaps briefly seen, in Taxidermia you see it all. And whether that entails the use of a pig carcass for sexual pleasure, or scenes of men continually vomiting for about three minutes, it’s all on screen, beautifully shot so you can’t help but watch these men in the attempts to outdo themselves in a way.
Really it’s a shame not more people go to see cinema like this, because it is dying out. And it would be a real shame if such delightfully visually challenging films stopped being created. So while you probably shouldn’t watch this after a meal, or with your family. If you find yourself with a spare hour and a half, and wanting to watch something a bit interesting, I really recommend Taxidermia.