Conspirators of Pleasure (1997)
as Mr. Pivoine
as Mrs. Loubalova
as Mrs. Beltinska
as Newspaper Vendor
as Mr. Peony
as Mr. Beltinsky/Police Commissioner
as Himself (archive footage)
Critic Reviews for Conspirators of Pleasure
The film's handmade look fits the material, since it's about desires too personal to be mass-produced.
Audience Reviews for Conspirators of Pleasure
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.
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
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 ;)
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