Located just south of the Artic Circle, in the Icelandic town of Husavic, is where the Icelandic Phallological Museum sits. One-of-a-Kind, the Icelandic Phallological Museum is the world's only Penis museum. For over 40 years, Sigurour Hjartarson, the founder and curator, has collected specimens from every mammal he could find, with the one exception being a Human Specimen. Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math's The Final Specimen tells the story of Sigurour's search for this human specimen, capturing the strange journey that involves two intrepid men, both of which want to be the first human donor. Considering the film's subject matter, The Final Member is a strange, almost grotesque film but what makes it so fascinating is the juxtaposition it creates between the stigma of a Penis museum and the compassion and empathy the audience feels for these characters, most prevalently Sigurour. This is a man who used to be a teacher, whose passion and drive to educate is incredibly prevalent throughout the film. The Phallological Museum is something near-and-dear to his heart, his life's work, and the film does a great job at capturing the passion this man has for his work. The Final Member's other interesting aspect is how it explores celebrity and fame, with the potential American donor wanting nothing more than to make his penis the most famous penis in the world. This is a man who even named his penis Elmo, with the Final Member using this man as a way to explore man's obsession with their sexual organs. Comical and surprisingly touching, The Final Member tells one of the most unique stories you're going to see, painting a surprisingly effective portrait of a man's desire to be remembered.
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