Conspirators of Pleasure

  • 18
  • Jan Svankmajer (1996)
  • Cz Rep / Swi / UK
  • 82 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Focusing on the antics of some lonely Prague neighbours, Jan Svankmajer's darkly subversive satire explores everything from de Sade and Freud to the nature of political freedom, the influence of the media and the possibility of happiness in a world primed to prevent it. From the man making papier-mâché chickens out of porn mags and umbrellas to the postwoman with a bagful of breadcrumbs, the gallery of eccentrics is both sinister and sympathetic; the performances are all the more remarkable considering each curious fantasy is acted out in silence. Exhilarating, unnerving and, even without the trademark animation, very Svankmajer.

Plot Summary

Experimental fantasy comedy. Behind closed doors, six seemingly normal Prague residents indulge in meticulously planned, highly unusual and deeply obsessive fetishistic activities.

Cast and crew

Cast

Mr Peony
Petr Meissel
Mrs Loubalova
Gabriela Wilhelmova
Mrs Malkova the postmistress
Barbara Hrzanova
Mrs Beltinska the newscaster
Anna Wetlinska
Mr Kula the news vendor
Jiri Labus
Mr Beltinska the police commissioner
Pavel Novy

Crew

Director
Jan Svankmajer
Categories
Comedy