The Embalmer

2002, Italy, 96m, DCP

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Screened February 16, 2024

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A man who is too short, a young man who is too tall, and a young woman who had her lips done meet by accident. An encounter that seems destined to have no future but fatally becomes a tormented chronicle of unrequited love. Peppino, the man who is too short, is a taxidermist. Valerio, the young man who is too tall, works as a waiter. Debora, the woman who had her lips done, changes jobs regularly… They have different dreams, hidden desires, secret impulses. They are castaways scrambling to cling to the certainty of love but because they are incapable of understanding how to accept the needs of the others, they get tragically lost.

In Italian with English subtitles

Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival (Directors’ Fortnight), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival


A film by Matteo Garrone