LUNACY (2005)

Written by Greigh Johanson

Jan Švankmajer is a Czech militant artist, whose profession is based on provoking the bulk of their spectators. Lunacy is the director's fifth full-lenght film in which he explores around the influence of Edgar Allen Poe and the Marquis de Sade. He begins this work with a short word which he explains the special nature of the film. This is a necessary introduction worth having as a primer for a nuanced way to explore its theme. There is also a great similarity with another classic piece of fiction from "Alice in Wonderland" - The filmes takes you literally down the rabbit hole long before you even being aware of it yourself.

Jean Berlot returning home after his deceased mother's funeral. She died in a mental hospital and now he fears to develop the same madness that his mother wore on. One day he meets a mysterious Marquis who giving him a free ride. This is the beginning of a journey with content of profane rites, where he meets an insane asylum where the lunatics have taken over the power and where the exploration of unique methods is underway to cure the madness.

Lunacy is a philosophical horror film where technology is combined with Švankmajers previous short films "Down to the Cellar" and "Jabberwocky". The idea of ​​combining a mental hospital crowded with madness and surrealism, as well as stop-motion mixed with Le Grand Guignol-terror, makes this masterpiece interesting to look at. The story is unique with all the strange twists and turns that are both entertaining, scary and awful disgusting .

The film is set during the 1800s and mixes in anachronistic elements , which makes it easier to absorb the film's more metaphorical elements. The unsophisticated script is more or less a fictitious argument between the forces of total freedom and absolute control . But even among the nihilistic undertones and that nasty imagery that maintains Švankmajer an almost playful sense of fear . It is after all a horror film whose primary image consists of dancing meat.

From that manage to go from absurdly funny, the dissolute and claustrophobic, the film offers the kind of impact that so many of the film's characters seem to seek out. All may not be maintained by Lunacy, but if you think it's exotic and fun to watch two cow-tongues moving across the stage with sinewy transitions, then you should definitely take a look at the film. The sound of the Marquis frenzied cackling along with the film's trades will haunt the corridors of your mind long after the end credits have finished rolling.