Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

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In this surreal psychological fantasy, young Valerie lives with her grandmother. She feels the first stirring of sexual awareness when a carnival parade comes to town and a man presents her with a pair of magic earrings. When her fantasy adventures begin, the line between dreams and reality is blurred.

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Critic Reviews for Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

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  • There is no clearly-defined story; the film's logic is that of the subconscious, its images those of the Gothic fairytale and the psychiatrist's couch, and its overall effect is stunning.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    John Collis

    Time Out
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  • A born director like Mr. Jires can be forgiven a lopsided beauty that still commands full attention.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • If you aren't too anxious about decoding what all this means, you're likely to be entranced.

    May 22, 2004 | Full Review…
  • Moments of pure and frightening clarity, mixed with images that can't be reconciled with any kind of reality. These dreams don't offer coherence, but rather a strong, deep feeling that can take hours to shake.

    Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Like the best fairy tales, "Valerie" is voluptuously suggestive, a bit dangerous, and perfectly legible on its own subterranean terms.

    Aug 17, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Viewers willing to just accept Valerie's beautiful surrealism will probably feel their time was better rewarded than those who will need to have it all figured out.

    Jul 8, 2015 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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.

Aj V
Aj V

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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.

Greg S
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 will be a treat.

Robert C
Robert C

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