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Lunacy (2005)

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A man takes up residence with a mysterious marquis and is soon persuaded to enter into an asylum for preventative therapy. Things are not what they seem, and the marquis may be even more sinister than what the young man may've predicted.

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Marquis
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Jean Berlot
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Charlota
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Dr. Coulmiere
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Dr. Murlloppe
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Stano Danciak ...
Innkeeper
Jirí Krytinár ...
Reciting Madman
Katerina Ruzicková ...
Asylum inmate
Iva Littmanová ...
Asylum inmate
Katerina Valachová ...
Asylum inmate
Josef Kaspar ...
Insane erotomaniac
Miroslav Navrátil ...
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Jirí Maria Sieber ...
Dream warden
Ctirad Götz ...
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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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Edgar Allan Poe + the Marquis de Sade + Jan Svankmajer = Lunacy


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17 November 2005 (Czech Republic)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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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Version of Operené stíny (1931) See more »

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the art house horror film of the year!!
20 July 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film at the Montreal fantasia film festival. And this being Svankmajer's most recent film, I jumped for tickets. Absolutely amazing. Something of a political comment, the film show's us to ways of running an insane asylum. I have always loved Jan Svankmajer for his use of macabre animation (using raw meat, bones and eye balls). And it's use in context with 'Lunacy' is chilling. Truly one of the best horror films I've see all year. It's not the sort of horror that is entertaining to watch or bring your girlfriend. But if you love films and your looking for a horror film that will keep you thinking...then find a way to see this film.


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