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‘Taxidermia’ is Worth Your Time

'Taxidermia' is Worth Your Time

There are a few solid options in theaters right now, but not many. One film that definitely demands your attention is the Hungarian epic Taxidermia. It begins a very limited release this weekend, and I blogged before about its new trailer. It’s not coming to every city, so if you can’t catch it in theaters, make sure the DVD is on your “to-rent list.” At The New York Times, Stephen Holden gets it pretty right when he says of the film: “A meditation on the bestial appetites of humanity by the Hungarian director who made his 2002 debut with the much-admired, nearly silent ‘Hukkle,’ ‘Taxidermia’ relentlessly focuses on sex, food and innards. It might also be an allegory about repression and Hungarian national identity over the last 70 years. Beautifully lighted, with elegant, fluid cinematography, it includes some stunning, magic-realist flourishes.” And, this line from his positive review is worth noting: “If Nora Ephron’s ‘Julie & Julia’ is an irresistible invitation to dine, ‘Taxidermia’ is an equally compelling one to fast.”

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