Conspirators of Pleasure

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Movie Info

Six Prague residents pursue bizarre rituals. Mr. Peony (Petr Meissel) builds a chicken costume to wear while enacting homicidal fantasies toward neighbor Mrs. Loubalova (Gabriela Wilhelmová), who does the same dressed as a dominatrix. Their mail carrier, Mrs. Malkova (Barbora Hrzanova), inhales tiny balls of bread. Newsstand operator Mr. Kula (Jirí Lábus) obsessively watches the broadcasts of news anchor Mrs. Beltinska (Anna Wetlinská), whose husband (Pavel Novy) regularly scrubs his body.

Cast & Crew

Petr Meissel
Mr. Pivoine
Jirí Lábus
Newspaper Vendor
Barbora Hrzanova
Postmistress
Anna Wetlinská
Mrs. Beltinska
Pavel Novy
Mr. Beltinski
Pierre Assouline
Executive Producer
Keith Griffiths
Executive Producer
Jaroslav Jancovec
Original Music
Miloslav Spála
Cinematographer
Jan Svankmajer
Art Direction
Tomas Kalous
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Critic Reviews for Conspirators of Pleasure

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Audience Reviews for Conspirators of Pleasure

  • Mar 21, 2014
    Six bizarre fetishists -- not necessarily focused on sex -- carry out their unique, elaborate rituals in Jan Svankmajer's unsettling "Conspirators of Pleasure." Svankmajer, best known for stop-motion animations, turns his microscope onto live actors with predictably provocative results. He retains his coroner's eye, eternally digging into the inner gears and giblets of his subjects, but his ability to blur the line between people and machines is both a talent and a handicap. The guy just has no sense of humanity. But what a remarkable set of impossible behaviors he has constructed. Revealing too many details would spoil the fun (advice: skip this website's exhaustive synopsis), but let's just say the perverse games involve items like fur scraps, bread balls, false arms, rolling pins, live fish, porn mags, chicken masks, straw and a balloon of blood. It's just a shame that he is so endlessly fascinated with slurps, sloshes and squirts -- any chance he has for a tight shot of something (anything!) making an unpleasant noise, he grabs with gusto. The action literally turns nauseating at times.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2009
    Svankmajer is more interested in detailing than developing & the film feels like a stretched short movie but overall interesting & fun, I've yet to see Faust & Lunacy but Little Otik is my favourite Svankmajer so far
    Arash X Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2008
    This movie probably deserves a higher rating, but shit: this is not for me. It's pretty obscene in a harmless way, but come to think of it -sick as it is- there are probably people walking this earth getting of on stuff like this. I mean hey, as long as there are people that pay money for used socks and underwear (this is the most "civilized" example that I can come up with), this doesn't seem very far fetched. Anywayz, Sigmund Freud is going to have a field day with this one ;) <div style="width:500px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/servlet/embed/photo/link/11342056"><img src="http://www.flixster.com/servlet/embed/photo/11342056.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">
    Saskia D Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2008
    Conspirators of a Pleasure is a film about private obsessions. The film begins observing the behavior of six people as each is in their own little world gathering and constructing their own desires. There is no dialogue to the film. The theme of the whole film is to keep us watching each character's eccentric behavior build until the nature of the obsession is revealed. Showcasing even more of Jan Svankmajer's great stop-motion animation and a very weird charm. If everyone is a deviant, then nobody is. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=Conspirators.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/Conspirators.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer

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