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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marquis
... Jean Berlot
... Charlota
... Dr. Coulmiere
... Dr. Murlloppe
... Servant Dominik
Stano Danciak ... Innkeeper
... Reciting Madman
Katerina Ruzicková ... Asylum inmate
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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Edgar Allan Poe + the Marquis de Sade + Jan Svankmajer = Lunacy


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17 November 2005 (Czech Republic)  »

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Lunacy  »

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

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Version of Stonehearst Asylum (2014) See more »

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Very Effective and Stubborn (GREAT!)
27 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

After knowing literally nothing about either this film or the director (who I've, since, become very interested in), I must say that this is a fantastic piece of art. Lunacy refuses to be what anyone expects of it: beginning with a B-horror feel, evolving into a very Salo-esquire shock inducing libertine tale, and ending in a profoundly *con*founding take on mental health. This is neither surreal, nor horror, nor pure art film, but a very effective combination of the three that is both accessible and challenging. From its seemingly flat stop motion animation which becomes increasingly effective, to its difficult narrative, this is a shocking movie that transcends the simple desire to shock the viewer and leaves one feeling effected (not affected).


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