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.
Edgar Allan Poe + the Marquis de Sade + Jan Svankmajer = Lunacy
17 November 2005 (Czech Republic)
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Opening Weekend: CZK 593,953
17 November 2005, Limited Release
Opening Weekend USA: $3,245,
13 August 2006
Gross USA: $47,957, 4 February 2007
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Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
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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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