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Daisies

Daisies (2012)

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75

Average Rating: 10/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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84

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Average Rating: 4/5
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An exercise in avant-garde cinema that is freshly humorous and accessible, Daisies is a dark comedy that eschews a traditional narrative for a Dadaist construction of events. Perpetually dressed in vibrantly corresponding costumes and dark black eyeliner, Marie and Marie work together to create mischief. Seeing the world ruined and values worthless, they decide to "go bad." They stage various dinner dates with stale old men, eat and drink merrily while telling lies, and, in a fast-motion

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March 13, 2014:
Vera Chytilová: 1929-2014
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (4) | DVD (2)

Brace yourself for some of the most exuberant and disjunctive Pop Art imagery ever put onscreen, including scenes in which the scissors-happy hedonists shred not only objects and each other but the movie itself.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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One of the great outpourings of cinematic invention in an age of over-all artistic liberation.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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As an allegory it lacks any resonance, as a movie it stinks.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Two zany young teenage girls are the focus of this extremely funny, witty and expertly-fashioned film.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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A pretentiously kookie and laboriously overblown mod farce.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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My favorite Czech film, and surely one of the most exhilarating stylistic and psychedelic eruptions of the 60s, this madcap and aggressive feminist farce by Vera Chytilova explodes in any number of directions.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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[A] surreal, sexy, socialist pre-Prague Spring daydream: artful anarchy rules with bonus "mod" pop-art eyeball-kick fashion.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

A surrealist fantasy of the banality and conformity of Czech society.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Daisies starts out like a bad 1960s student art film, but its colorful anarchy grows on you.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Incoherent.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Just about the most ticklish barrage of nihilism in cinema

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The film's daisies are young girls who have reached pubescence, and are fully aware of their sexual power, but aren't ready to embrace it, so they test it first.

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Seems to drag and become tiresome and overlong even at only 74 minutes.

November 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Daisies

Two living dolls decide the world is spoiled and so they will be too, leading to nonlinear slapstick adventures drinking, feasting and searching for a sugar daddy. Psychedelic, surreal, silly, sexy; so much absurd hedonistic fun that it was banned by the Czech censors.
June 6, 2012
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Made in 1966 Czechoslovakia, director Vera Chytilová's surrealist "Daisies" was banned by the Czechoslovakian government soon after it's release. Not that it was so unusual for the soviet Czech government to ban films, but looking back now, it's hard to understand what their specific beef was. Granted, there are no overt proletarian ovations to be found here, but nor is it some sort of secret capitalist conspiracy. Inspired by the French new wave, it could most closely be considered some sort of nihilistic farce, but even that might be too specific a classification for a film so mysteriously vague.

Daisies defies categorization as such. It seems to stem directly from the id of it's director, who doesn't so much explain things as she does allow them to happen. As abstract as whatever the story might be, the filmmaking process is hyper-detailed. Scenes of apparent little consequence are crafted with such fine attention to the miniscule minutiae of background scenery. It could almost be considered obsessive-compulsive the amount of effort put into the "fine print" details. The film arbitrarily switches from black-and-white to various "strip" shades of color; images are filmed through various lenses, in effect, demonstrating great proficiency in the technological art of film craft. It would be almost impossible to deny there is an art to the madness happening on the screen.

But what of the "story"? Well, two bored girls eat a lot, then pursue various older men for the purpose of somehow toying with their hearts. They sometimes go to visit a motherly figure who lives in a woman's public restroom and sings all her dialogue to them about how lovely and young they are. Finally, they stumble upon a large, empty banquet room where a feast has been laid out and is unattended. They help themselves to the food and destroy everything in the process. "Why", you ask? I cannot say with any certainty. This is a film of the subconscious, there's no rhyme or reason, save whatever the filmmaker was feeling at the time. It's up to the individual viewer to determine what the film actually means. All I can say with certainty is, the film gives us a look into the gently mischievous moments of youth.
March 29, 2012
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Devon Bott

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terrific, subversive, anarchic and bold
February 1, 2012
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Stella Dallas

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Banned? for what? filming an Adam Sandler premise in strange colors and showing young girls drinking wine?
June 12, 2011
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  • Tausendschönchen - kein Märchen (DE)
  • Daisies (Sedmikrasky) (UK)
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