Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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.
Art House & International , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Jan Klusak
as Priest
Petr Kopriva
as Eaglet
Jiri Prymek
as Tchor-konstábl
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Critic Reviews for Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

If you aren't too anxious about decoding what all this means, you're likely to be entranced.

Full Review… | May 22, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015

Like the best fairy tales, "Valerie" is voluptuously suggestive, a bit dangerous, and perfectly legible on its own subterranean terms.

Full Review… | August 17, 2015

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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2015
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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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