Taxidermia is a rather strange Hungarian film regarding the lives of three generations of men, all of whom are unique in some way. This film would be best analyzed as three interconnected short films, rather than one continuous reel, because of the vast differences in the manner in which the three men are presented.
These were my feelings upon reflection at the film’s conclusion; however, it would appear that I was a bit mistaken. With the assistance of a forum post on IMDB, I realized this film is not only a wonderfully artsy, yet disturbingly disjointed tale; it is an allegory concerning the transition in Hungary from the peak of fascism to glutenous communism concluding with the impoverished post-capitalist state. The symbolism presented in the film is often overwhelming; however, if one has no knowledge of it, they can easily be left in the dark for some time (hence my original thoughts on the film). Any further elaboration of this allegorical work would be an injustice as it would take a great deal away from the viewing experience.
This film is able to balance its depravity equal to the amount of humor to create an enjoyable atmosphere. This enhances the audience’s experience of grotesque scenes because they present such a drastic shift in tone. These scenes often come at a time when the building tension is all but relieved.
Taxidermia will evoke many emotions in the audience, happiness excluded, and allow the audience to better connect with a history they probably knew little about.