• Released
  • July 18, 2003
  • NR
  • Drama
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The Embalmer Synopsis
A gay dwarf resents his straight roommate's relationship with a young woman.
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80

Variety

By David Rooney
Director Matteo Garrone's measured approach and soulfully humane focus combine to dignify the characters, allowing the tale of solitude,...
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
From start to finish Garrone charges The Embalmer, a richly visual film, with an effective ambiguity and sense of foreboding.
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80

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Skillfully directed and adroitly acted.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Mahieux gives a bravura performance as the title character. Director Garrone keeps the story involving even though it doesn't quite live up...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Director and co-writer Matteo Garrone infuses The Embalmer with a spooky eroticism. The film is dark, both in theme and visual composition.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The movie, a keen look at the way passion unravels and obsession destroys, creates a black mood, a sense of truth and an enduring chill...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Masterful at concealing its true nature and surprising us with the turns of the story.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
At moments, the story skirts uncomfortably close to the grotesque. But this atmospheric oddity delivers a surprisingly sensitive take on...
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
An effectively macabre and fiendishly entertaining tale of lust, unrequited love and the fine art of taxidermy.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
A dark, unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone.
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Rated NR