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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Tríska ...
Marquis
Pavel Liska ...
Jean Berlot
Anna Geislerová ...
Charlota
Martin Huba ...
Dr. Coulmiere
Jaroslav Dusek ...
Dr. Murlloppe
Pavel Nový ...
Stano Danciak ...
Innkeeper
Jirí Krytinár ...
Reciting Madman
Katerina Ruzicková ...
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Iva Littmanová ...
Asylum inmate
Katerina Valachová ...
Asylum inmate
Josef Kaspar ...
Insane erotomaniac
Miroslav Navrátil ...
Dream warden
Jirí Maria Sieber ...
Dream warden
Ctirad Götz ...
Ostler
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A horror movie testing two approaches to running an insane asylum - absolute freedom versus control and punishment - within the context of a world that combines the worst of both. Jean Berlot, a young man subject to a nightmare of being forced into a straitjacket by two orderlies, is befriended by a marquis. At the marquis's estate, Jean witnesses a black Mass, buries someone alive, and is invited to try preventive therapy. He's willing to enter a sanatorium because he believes he can rescue a young woman from there who has told him that the real director and staff of the clinic are locked in the basement. Jean conspires with her to set them free: the horrors have only begun. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 November 2005 (Czech Republic)  »

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$3,245 (USA) (11 August 2006)

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$47,957 (USA) (2 February 2007)
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The official Czech submission to the 2007 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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Svankmajer at his least interesting
22 April 2007 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

When Jan Svankmajer lets his imagination run wild, get ready. You're in for dark, harrowing films like "Alice" and "Little Otik," or short gems such as "Down to the Cellar" and "Jabberwocky." All of those are excellent films that represent disturbing, surrealistic film-making at its best.

On the other hand, when Svankmajer attempts to make a political statement of any kind, you're advised to leave the room in a hurry. Svankmajer's films in this vein tend to be both adolescent and preachy, presenting straw-man caricatures in repetitious fashion to express his pseudo-brilliant insights.

"Lunacy," unfortunately, is very much this latter type of movie. Cartoonish ideas and characters are stretched paper-thin for an appalling two hours. There are a few moments that briefly hold interest, but these few oases are separated by vast deserts of boredom.

If you found Svankmajer's dreadful, monotonous short film "Et Cetera" brilliant and hilarious, you'll probably love "Lunacy." If you've never seen a Svankmajer film before, please start elsewhere.


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