In Daisies (Sedmikrásky; dir. V?ra Chytilová, 1966), corruption is immediately recognized as the general state of the world. After showing real-world images of violence and destruction, the two Marias (Ivana Karbanová, blonde, and Jitka Cerhová, brunette) discuss how they should react to what these images of violence represent: the decline of society.
Blonde Maria notes how easy it is for her to appear ?like a virgin? and suggests that appearing like one is good enough to actually, for all intents and purposes, be one. This uncovers one of the problems that led to the so-called ?terrible state of the world? as expressed in the film?that everyone can disguise any part of themselves that they want, and they will only be that disguised form to others. That is to say, people are too free to ?be what they want,? even if it means hiding something ?bad? about themselves. We have no way of knowing how bad people (or governments!) truly are.
As a kind of service to the world, though, the Marias decide together to not hide their badness, and to instead be as outwardly rude as they want. Some of the things they do are relatively harmless pranks: leading on married men and annoying them away or ditching them on a train, drinking too much at a club, and taking the attention away from the performers there. Soon, though, their actions are more agreeably evil: starting with stealing money from a person they know and are friendly with.
In the longest (and near-final) scene of the film, the Marias raze a banquet hall and all the food inside of it. The attention to each step of the destruction?from just picking at the food to entirely destroying it by stepping on it and breaking the plates?is relatable to the many steps it surely took for the ?state of the world? to get as bad as it has according to the film. The world did not fall apart all at once?it took a series of worse and worse actions to grow to its current condition.
Once the entire banquet hall is ruined, the Marias realize the error of their ways and superficially try to fix the hall back to its previous condition, but it is too late. Despite their efforts to fix the problems they caused, they did not succeed in doing so, which resulted in their ultimate demise. The chandelier would not have been loose had they not swung on it earlier in a moment of chaos, and would not have fallen on them. The movie finishes with more videos of violence (like in the beginning of the film), showing that there was corruption before the events of Daisies and there continues to be the same problems after. Even the perpetrators of the evils?the Marias in the film, or the entirety of society in the real world?cannot fix them in such a way that it will restore the world to a problem-less state.
It is through corruption that the Marias find the most joy in living, and when they begin to try to change their ways, they do not succeed and finally probably die. So, does the film mean to say that we are hopeless against fighting evil and we should just do what we want? The dedication written in the end of the film, "THIS FILM IS DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO BECOME AGGRAVTED ONLY OVER TRAMPLED SALAD," is mocking people who are offended over trivial things such as one of the ?evil? acts that the Marias perform?walking on food. If people who are ?aggravated? over trivial things are mocked, then perhaps we should all take the ?evils of the world? a little less seriously and live and let live.