Lunacy (2006)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Special Interest
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On DVD: Feb 20, 2007
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as The Marquis

as Charlota

as Dr. Murlloppe

as Dr. Coulmiere

as Dominik

as Inkeeper

as Eloquent Inmate

as Asylum Inmate

as Asylum Inmate

as Asylum Inmate

as Erotomaniac Inmate

as Cast Member

as Cast Member

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as Houseman

as Homeless Man, Housem...

as Houseman

as Art Therapist

as Inmate on Trolley

as Miss Rossetová

as Homeless Man

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Critic Reviews for Lunacy

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (16)

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

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 26, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 8, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lunacy


A mentally unstable man meets a modern day Marquis de Sade who holds blasphemous rituals in his basement and convinces his guest to commit himself to an insane asylum run by the inmates. In between scenes we see clips of steaks and disembodied tongues slithering about. It's bizarre, but not the strangest from surrealist animator Svankmejer; if you squint hard, it even looks like an ordinary horror movie. The tag line says it best: "Edgar Allen Poe + the Marquis de Sade + Jan Svankmejer = Lunacy."

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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 animals, you might find this movie somewhat aversive at first - hopefully only to discover its brilliance in the end.

vieras esine

Super Reviewer

A darkly humorous allegorical tale, and a social commentary. It takes a bit to get into animated interludes, but once you get past the weirdness factor, you realize they are integral part of of this surreal story.

Gabriel Knight

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