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TAXIDERMIA <span>(2006)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 94

Release dates 13/07/2007

Ratings Info Contains gory images, real sex and very strong language

Director(s) Gyorgi Palfi

Cast includes Adel Stanczel, Csaba Czene, Gergely Trocsanyl, Piroska Molnar, Marc Bischoff

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

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Ratings info publication date 03/07/2007

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TAXIDERMIA is a subtitled Hungarian black comedy which tells the story of three generations of men from the 1950s to the present. The film was classified '18' for scenes containing gory images, real sex and very strong language.

TAXIDERMIA contains a number of gory images, most notably a sequence in which a character is shown to disembowel himself. Although the sequence is fantastical and unreal and occurs within a comically absurd context, it contravenes the BBFC's Guidelines at '15', which state that 'the strongest gory images are unlikely to be acceptable'. The film also contains brief sight of aroused male genitalia and close up shots of female genitalia. The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' prohibit strong detail of nudity within a sexual context. Additionally, two sequences include brief sight of real sexual activity (male masturbation and vaginal penetration). The BBFC's Guidelines at '18' state that such explicit images will only be permitted where the work is not a 'sex work' (i.e. a work whose primary purpose is sexual arousal) and where the images can be exceptionally justified by context. In the case of TAXIDERMIA, the BBFC did not regard the images as having the primary intention of sexual arousal and considered that they formed an integral part of the work, each justified by context. This decision was in line with other recent works such as NINE SONGS, DESTRICTED and SHORTBUS, all of which contain images of real sex. The film also contains 6 uses of

TAXIDERMIA also includes five uses of strong language, some strong sex references and a scene showing a pig being killed and subsequently butchered. However, this scene was considered to show a humane kill and was therefore not in breach of the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937, which prohibits the exhibition of films where animals have been treated cruelly for the purpose of film making.


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