No matter how many times I see it, I adore every scene in Taxidermia (2006) even the pukey scenes I can deal with those and think they were executed brilliantly. But one scene that stands out is the bath scene… The film is a metaphorical socio-political retelling of Hungary’s history from the Second World War to the present day but this era is highlighted with this one scene.
I can easily write a book about this film and working through each and every scene but for now I’m sticking with this particular piece. The film deals with three generations leading up until the modern end of a line of Hungarians, starting at the end and then skipping to the beginning we are introduced to Morosgoványi Vendel who lives in a remote outpost under the iron hand of his lieutenant, Öreg Balatony Kálmán. During his menial tasks he partakes in slaughtering a pig he and a few of the fellow adults at the outpost tie up the pig, kill it and start prepping it, eventually it’s chopped up and laid out in a bath, the same wooden bath that was previously used by two of the teen daughters to bathe in, then there is “the bath scene” it’s absolutely stunning, several times György Pálfi uses this technique in the film, a revolving camera slowly picking through a mystical timeline. In this case it shows that the humble and primitive bath is a central item for the whole community, it’s a container for everything from birth to death, and everyone has their own personal moment in it. The constant rotation that changes through every pass really elevates the feeling that the one single bath is used by everyone all year round through the process of birth to death, it’s a womb and a tomb. Utterly stunning scene.
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