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45 years later it has kept a fresh spirit, but it looks also outdated and frankly boring.
If you want to feel the skin of the forest leaves behind your eyeballs... deranged, cunning, giddy and intoxicating! A masterful surrealist allegory that makes you feel cinema is the most beautiful and powerful medium on earth. Even though the second half is marginally less relentlessly wonderful than the first, there is no way I could countenance giving this less than five stars. Honestly, a film to make love to.