Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

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Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerová), a Czechoslovakian teenager living with her grandmother, is blossoming into womanhood, but that transformation proves secondary to the effects she experiences when she puts on a pair of magic earrings. Now seeing the world around her in a different light, Valerie must endure her sexual awakening while attempting to discern reality from fantasy as she encounters lecherous priest Gracian (Jan Klusák), a vampire-like stranger and otherworldly carnival folk.

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Critic Reviews for Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (4)

  • Some may find it weird and wonderful. I just found it weird. But a sight for sore eyes just the same, if you can keep them open.

    October 7, 2020 | Full Review…

    Derek Malcolm

    Guardian
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  • What matters most is whether one finds Valerie's seemingly random episodes of lyrical grotesquerie mesmerizing or enervating.

    October 7, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
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  • Style, I can safely say, perfectly suits this view of the subject.

    October 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Practically everything in Valerie and Her Week of Wonders turns on magic and the film's success in creating a magic world where everything seems at once fantastic and immediately believable.

    October 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A weird and handsome and the kind of film I find so tedious I can hardly bear to sit through it.

    June 2, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    John Collis

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

  • Jul 30, 2015
    This is a phantasmagorical, yet nonsensical, coming of age story about Valerie(Jaroslava Schallerova) whose fears as she grows up are represented in not only the changing world around her but also the magical changelings who populate it. Some of whom might be related to her, but on the other hand, maybe not.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2013
    A very unusual Czech fantasy/horror film, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is sometimes too surreal to follow, but its gorgeous visuals and abundance of symbolism make it interesting to watch and think about. It tells the story of the sexual awakening of a young teenage girl named Valerie after she has her first period. Suddenly all the men and women in her town, including her own family, become infatuated with her and go to extreme lengths to be with her. Not only that, but a group of missionaries are coming through town, including a grotesque vampire bishop who may or may not be Valerie's father and a priest who wants to rape Valerie. It plays out like a twisted fairy tale, and a very confusing one at that, and the gothic visuals definitely add to this fairy tale vibe. Just about everything in the movie is a symbol for something else, which is likely what makes it so confusing. Symbolism ranges from a drop of blood falling on a daisy (the loss of Valerie's innocence) to a coffin lined with bright green apples (an allusion to the garden of Eden). It's sort of a cheap cop-out to say this, but the movie is probably not for everyone. Some people will be a little too creeped out by the sexualization of the thirteen year-old star and others (like me) will find too confusing and strangely edited. However, I enjoyed the visuals and deeper meaning behind the story , so if you're feeling adventurous then you could do worse than Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Just don't expect it to be even remotely normal.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2013
    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 Super Reviewer

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