Time Out says
Troubled orphan Jean (Pavel Liska) comes under the skewed influence of the Marquis (Jan Triska), who, in between participating in orgies and ordering his own burial, suggests his new peasant pal sign himself into the nearby asylum to cure his nightmare-inducing fear of madness. Since the institution follows the Marquis’ libertarian principles, the inmates have the run of the place to chaotic effect. But would things really improve if the disciplinarian former regime returned to power?
Clearly, the question’s more significant than the answer for Svankmajer, and the parallels run wider than recent Czech history. With confident performances as prominent as weird fun with animal products (whatever our politics, we’re all just meat puppets in the end, folks), it’s an unsettling spectacle, even if the stodgy mid-section and brow-beaten lead dull the overall impact. Still, with provocative personal cinema at a premium these days, you’d be mad to miss it.
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