Lunacy (2005)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 23

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AKA: Sileni
Directed by: Jan Svankmajer
Starring: Pavel Liska (Jean Berlot), Jan Tríska (Marquis), Anna Geislerova (Charlota), Pavel Novy (Dominik), Martin Huba (Coulmiere), Jaroslav Dusek (Murlloppe)
Country: Czech Republic, European Cinema
Language: Czech (English subtitles)
Runtime: 01:57:29
Genres: Animation, Mental Illness, Satanism

Plot – Spoilers:
Jean Berlot is a poor and depressed man recovering from the recent death of his mother who was in a mental institution. He fears he might be carrying some of her madness and often has delusions of being grabbed by ward boys.

Berlot is befriended by a bizarre man who refers to himself as a Marquis. The Marquis has a certain financial and other clout that allows him to strut around like he were from a long-forgotten era. Berlot is grateful for the latter’s hospitality, but knows his social place and tries to leave. But when he witnesses a sex-infused ritual rooted in the Marquis’ pagan beliefs, he is drawn further into the Marquis’ strange world.

Lunacy has Jan Svankmajer’s mastery over stop-motion, this time involving lots of meat. There are some hilariously dark sequences involving chicken that are truly memorable in this loose adaptation of the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Marquis de Sade.

13 thoughts on “Lunacy (2005)

  • July 12, 2020 at 9:11 am
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    For me, the film translates into an allegorical screenplay of a certain actual revolution that I still can’t quite put my finger on. Nonetheless, the methodological storytelling and dramatic peculiarities, namely the psych ward disrupted by the battle of the throne, play a monumental role in delivering its novel message.

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  • July 16, 2020 at 10:29 am
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    this film is amazing 10/10

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  • January 11, 2021 at 10:33 am
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    The subtitles of this one don’t seem to work.

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  • January 24, 2021 at 2:28 am
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    The subs are there.
    The intro by the director doesn’t have subs, but they resume after that.

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    • January 24, 2021 at 6:24 pm
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      I noticed it the other day. This is my first comment on this site, but I think I should comment more often. I was the “none” person above, but I was too lazy to type my actual name that day. I usually prefer to have stuff I post tied to my name.

      I really loved this movie. Marquis de Sade acts like you would expect from him. The stop-motion stuff is interesting. The commentary on mental institutions is great. It was so much better than I expected.

      I bookmark movies which show up in the recommendations on effedupmovies from time to time. This movie was really worth a watch. The movie cover isn’t that appealing, but the movie itself is great. It is packed with a ton of interesting stuff.

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  • February 12, 2021 at 5:01 pm
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    I absolutely love this one. It has a good plot. A deep, unpredictable movie with the right balance of everything dark and illuminating. The acting is superb.

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  • February 12, 2021 at 5:04 pm
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    Artistic, original, multi-dimensional, psychological and philosophical. Full stars.

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  • April 20, 2021 at 11:40 pm
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    Can someone point out the animation please – I watched the entire movie but did not see any animation – seemed like a normal movie to me – maybe I missed out something

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    • April 23, 2021 at 11:06 am
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      the animation is stop-motion, which means successive pictures are taken depicting the objects in different positions, which creates the illusion of animation when sped up. –> here: moving meat

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  • May 6, 2021 at 1:58 am
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    am i the only one not understanding anything here . is there anything to be understood even. (first werid artsy movie that i’ve watched, maybe thats it) also not-so-fun fact: marquis actor passed away in 2017

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  • May 24, 2021 at 12:24 pm
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    Absolutely original! 10/10
    Beautiful work.
    Thank you admin?

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