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Jan Švankmajer Czech Republic, 2005

Abeleba's rating of the film Lunacy

Throughout the film I kept reminding myself "this is a complicated film". It's too easy, and maybe a little enticing, to dismiss it. It's easy because of how contradictory the filmmaker starts his film. The introductory commentary by a director is not new, a pessimist, nihilistic one isn't either. Nevertheless this one is particularly striking because of how it built such a destructive view of the film.