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Posted October 1, 2010
Sensational visuals cloud a debasing Soviet existance
Hungarian director Gyorgy Palfi paints a visually stunning look at some rather bizarre lifestyles during the Soviet era. Using cinemaphotography stridently designed for its shock value, he tracks three generations of men within a single family; all seemingly side-show freaks from the get-go. There is nothing that can be considered "normal", or certainly sympathetic about his characters. They are all psychotically driven abnormalities, seeking self-gratification at the expense of all those around them - family or otherwise. The supressed sexuality and masturbation from behind holes in walls is palatable, but fire-shooting penis shots are over the top. The gluttony and induced vomiting sequences are simply tasteless, and finally, self-inflicted "Taxidermia" conclude a film that makes you feel quite relieved that you had not eaten before attending, or anyway, dumping your expensive nachos, hot dogs, and movie popcorn on the floor, well ahead of the second act. This film is certainly not for the squeemish, and I'm much relieved that it wasn't in 3-D! Director of Photography, Gergely Poharnok, and film editor Reka Lemhenyi deserve kudos for some amazing camera and scenic sequencing. They are both potential award winners, given that the material does not flow directly out of a sewer. The film is a curiosity. If you get sick at the sight of vomit or blood, and if you like cute little pigs, I'd definitely miss this one. However, if you are into bulimia, defacation, and other cathartic bodily functions, by all means don't miss this film!
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