Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

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Shot in the lyrical Elvira Madigan mode, this celebrates the 'first stirrings of adolescence' of a beautiful young girl in a vaguely-defined Transylvanian townscape sometime in the last century. A student of folklore and mythology could perhaps detect a logical thread in the continuous sequence of vampires, devils, black magic, ritual and dance that the film presents, but for most people it will be a simpler and undemanding pleasure to sit back and be agreeably surprised as the images unfold. 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.

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Duration: 77 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jaromil Jires
Screenwriter: Jaromil Jires, Ester Krumbachová
Cast: Jaroslava Schallerová
Helena Anyzková
Petr Kopriva
Jiri Prymek
Jan Kluzák
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