Friday, May 10, 2013

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a 1970 Czech film. A bizarre surrealist creation directed by Jaromil Jires, it mixes dream and real life, horror and fantasy, as it explores Valerie's coming of age. It's fun to watch, wandering with Valerie on this journey, or maybe remembering one's own journey as one sees hers.

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Senses of Cinema sees a political subtext: "His film speaks not for one girl but for a whole country. A country that may one day, after much agony, learn to live with its own nightmares." TimeOut closes by saying, "the film's logic is that of the subconscious, its images those of the Gothic fairytale and the psychiatrist's couch, and its overall effect is stunning." Moria gives it 3 out of 5 stars and says, "There is no particular plot to the film – it is one of those art films where the shifting nature of the plot is an affect in itself." DVD Talk concludes:
Final Thoughts: Czech-surrealist, Alice-in-Wonderland, vampire erotica is one way to summarize Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Although it may hold little appeal for viewers not favorably predisposed toward the psychotronic, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a sweet treat for cult film fans.
Rotten Tomatoes has an audience score of 82%.

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