Icelandic Phallological Museum’s Sigurdur “Siggi” Hjartarson seeks one last contribution to the collection.
THE FINAL MEMBER (Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math). See listings. Rating: NNNN
Few quests are as quixotic as the one that drives Siggi Hjartarson, proprietor of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, which collects and displays samples of mammalian penises.
The only specimen missing is a human's, and he has been trying to land one since the museum opened in 1997. A few people have offered to donate theirs, but none of them has died yet, so Hjartarson sets out in search of someone who might be able to provide his organ sooner rather than later.
Directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math treat their subject with precisely the right amount of respect, acknowledging Hjartarson's commitment while still allowing us to enjoy the ridiculous carvings he sells in the museum gift shop.
The parade of eccentrics is fascinating - Tom Mitchell, an affably insane American intent on donating his member before he dies, seems like a lost Will Ferrell improv character - and the story expands in a really interesting fashion.
Oh, grow up.
Opens Friday (January 24) at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. See listings.