Valerie and Her Week of Wonders serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and spilling over with surreal fancies, this enticing phantasmagoria from Jaromil Jireš is among the most beautiful oddities of cinema.
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The movie’s vampires and animal masks and masochistic rituals often feel like weirdness for its own sake, divorced from any context that would make them compelling as more than superficial cult fodder.
Maybe too carnivalesque not in terms of the exquisite images but in terms of the breaching of logical coherence, this celebrated cult arthouse extols the unconscious, the pagan effervescence of (Christian and folklore) symbols and the sexual innuendos in the acts of anthropophagy. Infuriating at points but a trip to medieval folk mysticism. Beneath it lies an sharp critique of political oppression.
I don't understand the constant love for this film? Despite lush visuals, its incoherent dream state storytelling is so silly and childish. In other words, it's a quote-unquote arthouse horror film that tries in vain to say something important without containing an intriguing narrative with a strong emotional undercurrent. Give me Lemora, The Company of Wolves, or the other Czech gothic-fairytale, Morgiana, instead.
This fairy tale, gothic, hallucinatory, lyrical, poetic, surreal ode to an adolescent girl's menstruation and sexuality comes closer than any other film to crystallizing the dreams and nightmares of childhood consciousness.
Beautiful, strange, frightening, erotic, colorfully creative, and just perfect - like a grownup fairy tale told by ether Carroll or Stoker. This isn't just a horror/fantasy, it's a magical world you may want to live in (despite the horror it has). 5/5
The feelings and tone of this movie are freeing! Great surreal imagery (and just great imagery in general) used to explore a young woman's sexuality! I loved the subject matter and the execution was just lovely. The ending felt life affirming. I'm sure some of the metaphors are deeply lost on me, which I will is why I definitely need to re-watch this film sometime in the near future. Good stuff!
Exploring the transformation of teenage puberty to maturity. Loaded with bacchanalia and symbolism of sexual awakening. The soundtrack are great and Jaroslava Schallerová as Valerie looks very naive and tempting at the same time :D. Coming-of-age movie never felt this trippy…
Graceful surrealism. My mom told me about this movie around the age of 12 and I wished I saw it then! The surreal is most appropriate when you are entering teenage hood. Especially when the movie deals with young sexual awakening. Something about this reminded me of Hausu. Maybe its because of how beautiful it is! Damn good movie!
Spells, rites and lore: it’s all here in this exquisitely ethereal jewel of psycho-sexuality. Often bewildering and continually pulling the rug from under the viewer, it’s chiefly a visual and musical delight with a densely textured series of motifs and aural tugs that gently unsettles in its synthesis of lyrical Gothicism. One pities poor Valerie having twelve of these adventures a year…