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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1970 Wide

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Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerová) is the young teenage girl who lives with her grandmother. She feels the first stirring of sexual awareness when a carnival parade comes to town. Eagle (Petr Kopriva) is the young man who presents her with a pair of magic earrings. Her fantasy adventures begin when she imagines she is the daughter of a bishop with a hideous visage. Her grandmother becomes a vampire. She pretends to be dead when a priest tries to rape her by swallowing one of the earrings. The line

Jan 13, 2004

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A sensuous, often suspenseful fable saturated with shades of Sigmund Freud, Lewis Carroll and the Marquis de Sade, the horror comes in the form of actual, traditional fanged vampires who can shape-shift and cause all kinds of deadly mischief.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

This confounding, carnivalesque coming-of-age fantasy is as beguiling as it is beautiful, as subversive as it is strange.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

With its shifting moods and its fairy tale symbolism of youth and age, sexuality and death, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is part opaque folk tale and part Gothic horror.

April 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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Audience Reviews for Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

The symbolism is a bit too obvious and calculated, with not much room for subtlety and being a tad sloppy towards the end, but this impressive film relies on an efficient surreal atmosphere like Alice in Wonderland in a Czech sociopolitical context.
March 17, 2014
blacksheepboy

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Well that was... interesting. I'm still not sure what to make of this movie. Valerie goes through a series of insanity from one day to the next. There are carnivals, weddings, her gradmother's death, her vampire cousin, her weird brother, and that priest/monster/devil guy. I really didn't know what to make of the end. Not bad, exactly, but it's a whirlwind of interesting crazy stuff going on.
March 1, 2013
ajv2688

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On the day she gets her period, a young girl's life turns into a strange dream of lusty priests and vampire infestations. This surreal fairy tale exploring juvenile fears of predatory adults and the scary world of sex was a late bloomer in the Czech New Wave, but stands as one of the most fascinating relics of the movement.
February 7, 2013
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Greg S

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While fascinating in the visual sense, the film as a whole was a bit too convoluted even for my tastes.

While I'm perfectly capable of enjoying a film as simply a beautifully bizarre spectacle...this one was JUST whimsical enough that I longed for a bit more cohesion in the story. A sort of "fractured fairy tale" if you will.

Not for everyone, but for those who enjoy bizarre and visually intriguing films...it will be a treat.
April 14, 2009
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