Lunacy (2005)

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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.

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