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The Embalmer (2002)

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Original title: L' Imbalsamatore


Release Date
 USA: Jul 18, 2003

Official Website:
The Embalmer Website

Running Time
1 hour, 41 minutes

Country Italy

Studio Fandango

More info on IMDb.com

Other Titles
• L'Imbalsamatore
• The Embalmer
• The Taxidermist (2002)
• L' Imbalsamatore



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Genre: Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Love Triangle, Suspense, Love

Plot: IN THEATRES: JULY 18, 2003 (NY)

THE EMBALMER, directed by Matteo Garrone, is the story of unrequited love and repressed homosexuality gone awry. Peppino (Ernesto Mahieux) is a diminutive taxidermist who secretly courts an unsuspecting Greek god named Valerio (Valerio Foglia Manzillo) by grossly overpaying him to work as his assistant. Hungry for direction and purpose in life, Valerio chooses to ignore the romantic yearnings of the older, much homelier man's attentions, throws himself into the work, and pals around with Peppino in spite of their differences. Peppino orchestrates debauched nights on the town with prostitutes in an effort to gain false intimacy with Valerio. There is no denying that the younger man is a willing party, and he even looks the other way when Peppino is employed by the mob to stash drugs in corpses. When Valerio falls in love with the tempestuous Deborah (Elisabetta Rochetti), Peppino is outraged to find that she is stubborn and shrewd, and cannot be manipulated for his own ends. The seemingly gentle path of Matteo Garrone's naturalistic film gives way to darker undercurrents and a creeping suspense that is irresistibly absorbing and quietly nerve-wracking. Director of photography Marco Onorato provides deep and dark wide-angle shots. And the littered

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 Directed by
Matteo Garrone
Primo amore, Caimano, Il
 Written by
Ugo Chiti
Manuale d'amore, Barbiere di Rio, Il, Io amo Andrea
Matteo Garrone
Caimano, Il, Primo amore
 Cast
Ernesto Mahieux
Maccheroni, Troppo belli, All the Invisible Children
Valerio Foglia Manzillo
Verso nord, Principessa degli sparvieri, La
Elisabetta Rocchetti
The Card Dealer, Tre volti del terrore, I, Compagna di viaggio
Lina Bernardi
Bread and Tulips, The Last Kiss, Don't Move
Pietro Biondi
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Banda Osiris
Primo amore, Anche libero va bene, Tartarughe sul dorso



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