Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

1970. Directed by Jaromil Jires

A 76 minute adult fairy tale, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a flagship of the Czech New Wave and not to be missed for devotees to the acid horror experience.

The film is a dark fairy tale, filled with vampires, thieves, and visceral erotic sequences. The imagery is perfectly blended together to create a dreamlike world through which the protagonist wonders through, desperately coming to terms with her developing sexuality.

Jan Curik's cinematography, coupled with Jan Oliva's art direction are jaw dropping, stressful, and intimate simultaneously. Each scene is sonnet of blood, where both love, lust, and violence dance hand in hand as Valerie battles forbidden desires and supernatural forces determined to steal her virtue.

A surreal and poignant ode to woman and the tribulations they endure at the hand's of societal mores, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders if a small, insidious package wrapped in a vibrant and awe inducing cinematic display.

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