The Final Member (4/28)

Paris has the Louvre, London has the Tate Modern and New York has MoMA, but Husavik, Iceland — a village on the fringe of the Arctic Circle — boasts the world’s only museum devoted exclusively to painstakingly preserved male genitalia. “Siggi” Hjartarson, the founder/curator of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, has everything in his collection from the petite field mouse to the colossal sperm whale, but he’s missing the No. 1 most important thing: a human specimen. Boasting one helluva great story, a charming onscreen crew of screwballs and highly cinematic visuals from first-time feature doc directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, The Final Member charts the race between an elderly Icelandic Casanova and an eccentric American to be the first to donate their dingus to the prestigious institution. As much about proud nationality as the lack of rationality amongst the main participants, this warmly compassionate doc is chock full of frequent laugh-out-loud setpieces, alongside each of the three main subjects’ dogged quests to complete the Museum’s exhibition in a startlingly relatable story of self-fulfillment and the value of personal legacies (both big and small.)
Dirs. Jonah Bekhor & Zach Math, 2014, DCP, 72 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Final Member”!