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The Final Member

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About the Movie

Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern, and New York the Metropolitan Museum. But Husavik, Iceland—a diminutive village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle—boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. Founded and curated by Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson, the Icelandic Phallological Museum houses four decades worth of mammalian members, from a petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, and every “thing” in between. But, lamentably, Siggi’s collection lacks the holy grail of phallic phantasmagoria: a human specimen. Siggi’s world changes dramatically when he receives generous offers from an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American. However, as the competition for eternal penile preservation heats up between the two men, Siggi soon discovers that this process is more complicated than it initially appeared. In their debut feature film, Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math follow Siggi on his dogged, often emotional quest to complete his exhibition in a peculiar, yet startlingly relatable, story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small).

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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92%
  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A little slow and a whole heap surreal, "The Final Member" documents the search for that last specimen with a twinkle in its eye and warmth in its tone. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Apr 17, 2014

Fresh: This film demonstrates the supreme emotional effectiveness of a simple quest narrative. – Heather Baysa, Village Voice, Apr 16, 2014

Fresh: [C]ould easily be nothing but snickers and mockery, but the directors offer a work filled with warmth, humor and humanism. – Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News, Apr 17, 2014

Fresh: Hjartarson is a filmmaker's dream: a low-key character with a wonderfully dry sense of humour. But he is also a social scientist, a man passionate about completing his museum collection. – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, Jan 23, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Few Facts, “Taboo” Tease, Loads of Drama.

Science, nor anatomy, do not exist in this flick. The film-maker develops the USA penis-donor’s personality, more than the museum’s founder. I never got a clear story of how or why the museum exist, number of annual visitors, budget, etc. The two-human donors don’t even discuss that American donor was circumcised, nor the ritual of foreskin amputation. The film-maker failed to tell us how many penis the museum displays.

The Final Member
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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