"Taxidermia" sets a benchmark for body horror in the cinema. Helmer Gyorgy Palfi's follow-up to the startlingly original "Hukkle," this widescreen exercise in the confrontational continues his fascination with the mysteries of nature but substitutes an oddly skewed sense of wonder with a full-frontal sensory assault.

Taxidermia

Hungary - Austria - France

Production

A Eurofilm Studio (Hungary)/Amour Fou (Austria)/Memento Films, La Cinefacture, Arte France Cinema (France) production. Produced by Peter Miskolczi, Gabor Varadi, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Emilie Georges, Alexandre Mallet-Guy. Directed by Gyorgy Palfi. Screenplay, Zsofia Ruttkay, Palfi, from the novels by Lajos Nagy Parti.

Crew

Camera (color, widescreen), Gergely Poharnok; editor, Reka Lemhenyi; music, Amon Tobin; production designer, Adrien Asztalos; costume designer, Julia Patkos; sound (stereo), Tamas Zanyi. Reviewed at Hungarian Film Week (competing), Budapest, Feb. 4, 2006. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Csaba Czene, Gergo Trocsanyi, Marc Bishoff, Istvan Gyuricza, Piroska Molnar, Gabor Mate, Geza D. Hegedus, Istvan Hunyadkurti, Zoltan Koppany, Adel Stanczel, Istvan Znamenak, Peter Blasko. (Hungarian, Russian, English dialogue)

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