Lunacy

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Released 2005

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Lunacy

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Director:
Jan Svankmajer
Released:
2005
Rating:
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In 19th-century France a young man (Pavel Liska) meets a nobleman (Jan Triska) who invites him to spend the night in his castle, where the former witnesses a bizarre orgy and the latter's apparent death and burial. The next day, the nobleman explains he cured his fear of premature burial by having himself entombed, and he suggests that the young man, who is plagued by nightmares of a madhouse, have himself committed.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    For all its visual surprises and visceral shocks, Lunacy is still the kind of film that is easier to admire than it is to actually like.

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Svankmajer's provocations skew toward the intellectual and the shivery rather than the pop and the visceral, and at his best, he doesn't just get under your skin, but also deep...

  • 50

    Variety

    More moving animal parts and less human pontificating would make a stronger case for a tale already rich in imagery. Another drawback is Liska, too one-dimensional to stand against...

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