Valerie and Her Week of Wonders 1970

images-2

Writer/director Jaromil Jires concocted one of the most unusual horror/fantasy films ever with this visually stunning folk tale that evokes the spirit of Little Red Riding Hood. Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerova) goes to stay with her aging aunt (Helena Anyzova), who mysteriously seems to be getting younger. Valerie also finds many local men vying for her affections, from Orlik (Petr Kopriva) clad in John Lennon glasses and a straw boater, a creepy priest and a blue-faced constable. Ferrets and stolen earrings are also involved. As well as the perfect template for a costume party, Valerie and her Week of Wonders is a magical, knowing fairy-tale, with little outright horror, but instead offering a wide-eyed and sumptuous tour through Czech folk myths.

Advertisements