Argued as the New Wave movements most feminist entry, it follows the absurdist attitude of two hotheaded women who try to break the propriety of society by engaging in a comedic series of pranks where nothing is off limits.
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Cute women believe the world finds them endlessly fascinating. Hey, they do blackface, but it's cute. It's famous because it was banned. It is also thought to be a feminist film. Which is pretty sad, because these women are vapid and materialistic, and just waste a lot of time.
As the engines of the beginning, Daisies is a very political (and hilarious) statement on how to behave badly to break social engines. Do not expect these spoiled girls to make sense - they don't, and they do it on the most beautiful way. Colors, experimental cuts (literally), pictures, food (!): it's all part of a cinema delight. It catches you by the stomach, eyes and brain - it's that cliche of the whole package.
Honestly, it was a bit hard to endure the style, for the whole film. This felt like study. In the beggining it was easy to be sympathetic with the misbehaved deconstruction of what a girl is and their conspirations against elderly men/patricarchy/power. But the format gets tiring. It was a concentrated dose of the surrealistic novels I read. Disorienting and distracting. But to think they did this in 1966. Wow!*
Two girls deciding that the world has become two spoiled and that they wanna become spoiled too! This film has a great experimental language that is also incredibly fun, humorous, entertaining and relatable. The two main characters are wonderful as we see them partake in food orgies, drunken debauchery and the actual destruction of the frame! The colors and style is outstanding! I really truly loved this movie.
I was resistant to the film at first (not a fan of experimental or dada technique) but by the end I was pretty completely won over. As a guy I won't pretend that I resonated with a lot of what Chytilova had to say and I'm sure that I picked up on only a fraction of the whole of her message but all I could think at the end was that I needed to introduce this to every woman I know who loves film...and all the guys too.
I tried to watch this as a teenager and couldn't get through it... I guess, I really wasn't prepared to be assaulted by the czechs or something. Now I watch it, I can fully embrace this rebellious excrement landing on the faces of the bourgeois. This belongs on the shortlist of brilliant anarchic thrill movies! that The ending is a little too Easy Rider for my taste but every else is pure dada gold!
I personally love this film. I could see every frame being a .gif on tumblr or screen-capped as a Facebook cover photo because it is just aesthetically pleasing. The film is basically a montage of peculiar behaviors and you either love it or hate it.
What makes this film such a dear effort to me, is Chytilová's hunger for absolute dominance over the medium. Her approach doesn't stop being radical on attitudes alone, it instead permeates over every single aspect of this film, everything from the few shreds of a plot it follows to the brash yet incredible collages and intrincated montages feel not only vital but coming from the heart as well.