Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Czechoslovakia: Jaromil Jires, 1970)

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Czechoslovakia: Jaromil Jires, 1970: 73 mins)

A girl on the verge of womanhood finds herself in a sensual fantasyland of vampires, witchcraft, and other threats in this eerie and mystical movie daydream. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders serves up an endlessly looping, nonlinear fairy tale, set in a quasi-medieval landscape. Ravishingly shot, enchantingly scored, and spilling over with surreal fancies, this enticing phantasmagoria from director Jaromil Jireš is among the most beautiful oddities of the Czechoslovak New Wave. -- Criterion Collection

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