Lunacy (2005)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 56

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AKA: Sileni
Directed by: Jan Svankmajer
Starring: Pavel Liska (Jean Berlot), Jan TrĂ­ska (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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Ruttanan Rongsawad
Ruttanan Rongsawad
July 12, 2020 9:11 am

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.

Richard
Richard
July 16, 2020 10:29 am

this film is amazing 10/10

none
none
January 11, 2021 10:33 am

The subtitles of this one don’t seem to work.

Alice
Alice
February 12, 2021 5:01 pm

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.

Alice
Alice
February 12, 2021 5:04 pm

Artistic, original, multi-dimensional, psychological and philosophical. Full stars.

gestapo
gestapo
April 20, 2021 11:40 pm

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

scar
scar
May 6, 2021 1:58 am

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

Worldmdepeace
Worldmdepeace
May 24, 2021 12:24 pm

Absolutely original! 10/10
Beautiful work.
Thank you admin?

MP.........
MP.........
May 25, 2021 6:22 am

brilliant fav

FeliCity34
FeliCity34
March 22, 2023 12:23 am

This is great! Hilarious! I loved it & thank you…

Bukowski
Bukowski
May 16, 2023 8:13 am

Great film.