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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.

Director:

Jan Svankmajer

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), Marquis de Sade (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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 ... Servant Dominik
Stano Danciak Stano Danciak ... Innkeeper
Jirí Krytinár ... Reciting Madman
Katerina Ruzicková Katerina Ruzicková ... Asylum inmate
Iva Littmanová Iva Littmanová ... Asylum inmate
Katerina Valachová Katerina Valachová ... Asylum inmate
Josef Kaspar Josef Kaspar ... Insane erotomaniac
Miroslav Navrátil Miroslav Navrátil ... Dream warden
Jirí Maria Sieber Jirí Maria Sieber ... Dream warden
Ctirad Götz Ctirad Götz ... Ostler
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Edgar Allan Poe + the Marquis de Sade + Jan Svankmajer = Lunacy


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

17 November 2005 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Lunacy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

CZK 593,953 (Czech Republic), 17 November 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,245, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$47,957, 4 February 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The official Czech submission to the 2007 Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

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Referenced in Mindeath See more »

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Bizarre and highly disturbing
31 October 2007 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about the sadistic adventures of Marquis de Sade, and also the lunacy of two extreme ways of running a psychiatric asylum.

I have seen Jan Svankmajer's films before, so I knew that this film would be bizarre and disturbing. Still, this film gravely shocked me. From the moving tongues to enucleation, this film was full of revolting and gory scenes. I almost felt sick during the film. I was also surprised to see a blasphemous scene involving a statue of crucifixion, which was shocking especially considering that the Czech Republic is a religious country.

Fortunately, the story was gripping and engaging. It really kept me longing for more to unfold. Marquis' monologue questioning the existence of God was well composed, and gave new arguments (for me anyway) to the never ending debate of His existence. This film is not for the uptight or the light hearted.


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