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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Strange world we all live in sometimes, although only Chytilova could create such beauty & wonder in this film. Like her pervious DAISIES, she uses all kinds of unique techinques in the filmmaking process (note the opening sequence!) and tells a different kind of story of people living in this world different from the one with Adam & Eve. Whimsical, sensual, and bit dark - it was made the same year Jires did VAHOW.
Flower power, psychedelism, peace & love all that was new and fine in the late sixties.
This film may have been fine then, for Polish & Czechoslovak viewers.
We had Courrèges, Jean-Christophe Averty, Mary Quant, Vidal Sassoon, Carnaby Street, the Beatles or Brian Jones's hair cut & all that was a tremendous fashion and energy.
45 years later it has kept a fresh spirit, but it looks also outdated and frankly boring.
Every bit as much a masterpiece as the immortal DAISIES, FRUIT OF PARADISE, made in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion (and consequent clampdown) of '68, is even more fundamentally a dissident work. Chytilová is the right kind of anarchist: she is on the side of untrammeled drives and irrepressible flows (pure Creation). Chytilová frames feminine desire around the allegory of Original Sin. Fruit > knowledge.