Lunacy (2006)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: May 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Svankmajer movie is not for everyone, but he displays his usual creative flair for surreal imagery.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

A horse-drawn carriage crossing an expressway overpass promises a more subversive ride than Svankmajer delivers.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

At nearly two hours Lunacy becomes repetitive, at first ingeniously and then with a slowly dulling edge. The meat parade ceases to shock.

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Christopher Campbell

Wickedly funny and astonishingly conceived, the film is a nonstop cavalcade of shocks, surprises and enchantments. I loved every minute of it.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

This is one of those deliriously unhinged movies that looks, feels and sounds genuinely insane, for all the right artistic reasons.

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Mark Olsen
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.

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Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight

As pure cinema, there's no denying the power of Lunacy, although mostly that power can best be described as, well, sadistic.

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If you're not familiar with Svankmajer's unique style of finding the endearing in the disgusting, nor grown accustomed to his meat puppets or skeletal… More