The subversion of the moral grounds of Soviet controlled Eastern Europe is on full effect when Marie I and Marie II are unleashed in a foray of hedonism, liberation and destruction, portrayed by the unique way in which Chytilova playfully deconstructs and pushes the limits of film language.
The result is, simultaneously, a psychedelic testament of cinema as a medium for nonconformity and a cathartic display of female liberation, both surely standing the test of time.
Two frolicking female pranksters are slapped into a world of flickering filters, high-speed stills and salubrious sunbathing spots, on a comic adventure that makes no sense, yet never ceases to intoxicate.
In both style and form, Chytilova's film harks back to the camera trickery and slapstick gimmickry of silent cinema, but with a cartoonish soundtrack to boot. If you're a true Cinephile, and the first half hour of Daisies doesn't make you smile, chances are you probably have no soul.
Absurdist awesomeness meets artistic nostalgia.
Sometimes visually creative and interesting but never compelling. Also rather food-obsessed.
(In Czechoslovakia with English subtitles)
SOCIAL COMMENTARY/ SURREALISM
Plot less movie with a message, I initially was incapable to understand had it not been for the information by TCM, co-written and directed by Vera Chytilová, using two young teenage girls named Marie(Ivana Karbanová and Jitka Cerhová) going through life, without a single care in the world as it's focal point. As they're babbling about some things I'm incapable to understand, which viewers have to be familiar with in regarding historical leaders that affected Czech Republic. As the two girls are used as 'metaphors' in regarding the slow destruction of the world, since much of the world leaders are 'spoiled', mimicking their behavior.
Footnote: The food wasting scenes was what got this movie banned in Czechoslovakia in the first place, which somehow symbolizes(a very personal painful scene to watch) how we as people can treat food in real life as we speak.
2.5 out of 4 stars