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The Embalmer (2002)

L'imbalsamatore (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 September 2002 (Italy)
A solitary embalmer meets a charming and unemployed waiter who becomes his assistant, but the two get involved in a morbid and unhealthy professional and personal relationship.

Director:

Matteo Garrone

Writers:

Ugo Chiti (story and screenplay), Massimo Gaudioso (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
16 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernesto Mahieux ... Peppino Profeta
Valerio Foglia Manzillo Valerio Foglia Manzillo ... Valerio
Elisabetta Rocchetti ... Deborah
Lina Bernardi ... Deborah's Mother
Pietro Biondi Pietro Biondi ... Deborah's Father
Marcella Granito Marcella Granito ... Manuela
Giuseppe Arena Giuseppe Arena ... Workshop's Owner (as Beppe Arena)
Bernardino Terracciano Bernardino Terracciano ... Boss
Rosario J. Gnolo Rosario J. Gnolo ... Entrepreneur
Vincenzo Puocci Vincenzo Puocci ... Gangbanger #1
Renato Puocci Renato Puocci ... Gangbanger #2
Valentino Puocci Valentino Puocci ... Gangbanger #3
Aldo Leonardi Aldo Leonardi ... Deborah's Boss
Nadia Carlomagno Nadia Carlomagno ... Peppino's Friend #1
Rita Brugnoli Rita Brugnoli ... Peppino's Friend #2
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Storyline

Peppino is an aging taxidermist constantly ridiculed for being short and somewhat creepy. He meets Valerio, a handsome young man fascinated by Peppino's work. Peppino, in turn, becomes entranced by Valerio and offers him a large salary to come work as his assistant. But when Valerio meets Deborah, their fledgling romance is threatened by an insanely jealous third wheel. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Italy]

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

6 September 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Taxidermist See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,313, 20 July 2003

Gross USA:

$56,878

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$384,336
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The movie is loosely based on a true fact, the murder of taxidermist Domenico Semeraro by his protege in 1990. See more »

Soundtracks

Mad Samoan
Written by Francesco Lopresti
Performed by Bradipos Four
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a fix for not feeling lonely
13 February 2004 | by camel-9See all my reviews

A neat little gem, this movie. Not the greatest, but yet, approaches with a careful plot, the relationships between several people. Shot in outdoor location of Castel Volturno, a grayish wintery concrete condominium on the coast between Rome and Naples, and using direct sound and not the usual studio-added dialogues, it gives an immediate feel and support for the main character, Peppino, who, feeling lonely, convinces a young man to follow him into his trade of taxidermy. Peppino is a virtuoso in establishing relationships, and like a magician, he moves his hands and talks big without really revealing much, and gets the young man's attention. It reminded me a bit of "L.I.E.". Would love to see the actor and Danny de Vito in a movie together.


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