Victoria Film Festival Review: The Final Member

Documentary tells the story of an Icelandic penis museum.

The Final Member screens Fri., Feb. 1 at The Vic Theatre at 7pm.

Sigmund Freud might be upset if he knew he wouldn’t live to see the world’s largest collection of penises, but, 73 years after his death, his fingers would curl in delight about The Final Member.

In the northern Icelandic town of Husavik stands the Icelandic Phallological Museum — the world’s only penis museum. For over 40 years, the aptly named Sigurdur “Siggy” Hjartarson has proudly dedicated his adult life to collecting every specimen from every mammal, except for that one elusive penis needed to complete his collection: The Human Specimen.

Siggy is quick to clarify no mammals have ever died for his efforts (he collects donations after death), but his museum holds penises from whales to hamsters, bulls to the now-extinct care bear. Yet in his shocking quest to complete his collection, Siggy is unable to secure a human donor — something that must involve consent before death — until the museum’s increasing popularity causes one aging Icelandic celebrity to volunteer his package. Then, a fame-seeking American cowboy offers his “Elmo” as well, adding, “I always wanted my penis preserved after I die.”

With Siggy’s failing health competing against an aging man whose manlihood is shrinking and the Stars-And-Stripes Yankee willing to surgically remove his junk, viewers are left anxious to know who the final member actually will be.

Using intimate interviews, unexpected character arcs and even clever B-roll footage, directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math have turned a story about a couple of dicks into an impressively feel-good film. M

 

Fri., Feb. 1 • The Vic • 7pm

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