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520 Ratings

Fruit of Paradise

Ovoce stromů rajských jíme

Directed by Věra Chytilová
Czechoslovakia, 1970
Avant-Garde, Drama


Věra Chytilová, a key member of the Czech New Wave, directs a surrealistic fable based on the Adam and Eve story. A modern couple vacationing at a spa eats forbidden fruit, sending the wife on an obsessive search for a dangerous killer.

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Fruit of Paradise Directed by Věra Chytilová

Critics reviews

It represents perhaps the height of experimentation in the Czechoslovak New Wave; and, as such, offers itself as a work that promises to open the eyes of its viewers to new ways of seeing under difficult circumstances.
June 27, 2018
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August 1968 brought an end to Dubcek’s reforms of Dubcek, with ‘normalisation’ imposed by a Soviet-imposed government. Chytilová replied to the crisis with her most bizarre film, Fruit of Paradise (1970). A bold examination of relationships between the sexes, Fruit slows down Daisies’ exuberance and pace for the sake of more oneiric kind of surrealism.
April 07, 2015
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Made up of absurdist, surreal episodes, [Daisies and The Fruit of Paradise] drew on nature for their floods of striking imagery and abstracting patterns, and featured some of cinema’s most startling opening sequences.
February 27, 2015
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