Although The Final Member is roughly structured around Siggi's search for a human specimen, directors Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math are at least equally interested in Siggi himself, whose unusual hobby is clearly important to him, but hardly defines him. A former teacher, Siggi is also the author of 20 books, including one on foxes, a second passion. Just like the penis museum, a joke about saving Iceland's fox population lead to the founding of a habitat where the foxes can be free from the country's many poachers. One of Siggi's brothers, Petur, comments that Siggi only had two goals before dying: to finish the collection, and to translate a book by the Spanish monk La Casas. "He's completed that," Peter says, as the film cuts to Siggi holding up the published book. Still, obtaining a human penis is important to Siggi. His other brother Reynir chimes in: "It's like when you have a series of something, and you're missing one piece in the series."
From here, the film splits its time with two other subjects, the two men who have offered their organs to the museum. The first choice is Pall Arason, a famous Icelandic outdoorsman and reported ladies' man, who shows off a book in which he claims to have written the names of every woman he's ever slept with (more than 300). Arason was the first to sign an official legal document guaranteeing the delivery of his penis to the museum upon his death, but his 2006 offer remains unfulfilled as of 2010. Worse, Arason is beginning to become concerned that his penis is shrinking in his old age, which may bring him under what Siggi refers to as "a legal length," the meaning of which is attributed to a piece of local folklore about an unhappy wife. In vintage interview clips from television, Arason is boastful and flippant, laughing "I won't need my penis after I'm dead!", but in some of the footage filmed for the documentary, he seems a bit less enthusiastic.
The other possibility (at least, the other one mentioned by the documentary -- online articles suggest that a British man and a German man also offered their services) is Tom Mitchell, an American who seems to be going through the world's most bizarre late-life crisis. Mitchell refers to his member as "Elmo", a name he claims he had "before any Muppets." After three failed marriages and a number of other heartbreaks, Tom is looking to put thoughts of romance out of his mind for the rest of his life, and thus he's begun preparations to have his penis removed before his death. Siggi is receptive to this part of Tom's plan, but less enthusiastic about the Tom's lengthy emails about display plans, complete with photographs of the penis dressed up in a number of costumes (including Abraham Lincoln), or the elaborate, erect display case that Tom is set on having constructed, complete with dangling testicles and a mirror so that visitors can see the underside. Early in the movie, Tom gets stars and stripes tattooed on Elmo's head; soon after, he mentions his plans for a comic book about Elmo as a superhero.
Since the documentary's release, Siggi has commented that the "race" between Pall and Tom was mostly manufactured by Bekhor and Math, but much like the equally suspect King of Kong, the participants are all so fascinating that any manipulation is sort of beside the point. The film's greatest strengths lie in capturing the educational spirit of Siggi's mission (several bits of B-roll show Siggi enthusiastically serving as tour guide to a bunch of fascinated teenagers), the unusually touching and somewhat philosophical portrait of Arason (and Siggi himself) contemplating legacies and the concept of death, and just being around to capture Tom's charmingly egomaniacal ideas on film. He genuinely speaks about his penis as if it's a person of its own, its importance so inflated in his own mind that he envisions it being the world's first famous penis (hopefully nobody ever tells him about John Holmes). Like the museum, some might consider The Final Member perverse, but it's overwhelmed with a warmth and fascination with humanity that underlines its humor and heart. That, plus a bunch of dicks.
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An original theatrical trailer is also included.