Conspirators of Pleasure

It’s the feel-good fleshly foible fest of the fall season! A sweetly humorous and completely out-there ballet of vignettes on the subject of surrealistic self-gratification, Svankmajer’s Conspirators of Pleasure is the arresting portrait of of hardcore sexual fetishists whose lives pirouette around one another in serendipitous fashion. Inspired by the work of notorious perverts like Luis Bunuel, Max Ernst, Sigmund Freud and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, this one-of-a-kind feature features absolutely no dialogue, instead honing in on the splendiferous depravity of six seemingly “normal” folks whose obsessions bring them together: a postal carrier, a news agent, a newscaster, the newscaster’s husband, a middle-aged woman, and her neighbor. With a fevered intensity that only increases as the storylines weave themselves tighter against each other, Svankmajer’s devious human puppetry reaches its orgasmic zenith in an absurdly comic group climax that displays, according to Film Threat Magazine, a “sympathetic voodoo magic worked by a team of discreet players so intense that genius is sparked, and makes vital and gorgeous the previously inert and obscene.” WOW!
Dir. Jan Svankmajer, 1996, 35mm, 85 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Conspirators of Pleasure”!