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A man who fears he's edging into madness gets a fresh perspective on what insanity really means in this frantic, visually inventive black comedy from Czech auteur Jan Svankmajer. Jean (Pavel Liska) is a deeply troubled man who has been haunted by violent hallucinations since the death of his mother, who was committed to a mental institution when she passed on. While arranging his mother's funeral, Jean meets a fellow inmate who claims to be the Marquis de Sade (Jan Triska), and lives as if he's in 18th Century France rather than the Czech Republic in 2005. Jean strikes up an… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A horse-drawn carriage crossing an expressway overpass promises a more subversive ride than Svankmajer delivers."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"At nearly two hours Lunacy becomes repetitive, at first ingeniously and then with a slowly dulling edge. The meat parade ceases to shock."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Wickedly funny and astonishingly conceived, the film is a nonstop cavalcade of shocks, surprises and enchantments. I loved every minute of it."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"The definition of liberation as the act of being delivered from the hands of one lunatic into the hands of another who is equally mad remains universal in its political and social applications."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"These ideas are twisted enough that they still hold a certain kind of interest."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"While Lunacy leaves you with the impression that Svankmajer is more expressive with cutlets than he is with his atypically human-dominated dreamscape, some of the images are doozies."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Fans of movies about inmates who take over an asylum -- King of Hearts and Marat/Sade are prime examples -- will be amused by this surrealistic take on the subject punctuated by animated interludes featuring, of all things, dancing meat."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"By turns absurdly funny, disturbingly dissolute, unnervingly claustrophobic, and caustically misanthropic, Lunacy offers viewers the sort of punishing pleasures that so many of its characters seem, in their different ways, to seek."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"For all the arresting visuals, Svankmajer's morose depiction of the blurry line between madness and sanity is surprisingly pedestrian."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Only a master filmmaker could make such a fantastically sustained voyage into the Land of Questioning Reality, God and Propriety, and everything else we try to organize our sensibilities around."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"This is one of those deliriously unhinged movies that looks, feels and sounds genuinely insane, for all the right artistic reasons."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle 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."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Svankmajer continues to push at the boundaries of convention, juxtaposing blasphemy and torture while mocking the possibility of transcendence."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Yes, the film's undeniable horror lies in the lunacy of filmmaking, not the story."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Lunacy lacks the teeth to be truly audacious. Yet its leisurely pacing and silly send-ups of psychosexual perversions make it an amusing enough gothic comedy."
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
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