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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Valerie a týden divu (original title)
Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

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Babicka / Elsa / Matka / Rusovláska
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Orlík
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Tchor-konstábl
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Gracián
Libuse Komancová ...
Sluzka-novicka
Karel Engel ...
Kocí Ondrej
Alena Stojáková ...
Hedvika
Otto Hradecký ...
Statkár
Martin Wielgus ...
Tchor-father
Jirina Machalická ...
Kvetinárka
Michaela Klocová ...
Sluzka
Zdenka Kovárová ...
Sluzka
Bedriska Chalupská ...
Sluzka
Robert Nezval ...
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A thief awakens Valerie, just 13, taking earrings left to her by her mother. By morning, the earrings have been returned, Valerie's first period has begun, and a troupe and a missionary have arrived in her Medieval town. The thief is Orick; he reports to a cloaked constable who may also be the missionary. Attention to sexuality is everywhere: Valerie's grandmother's puritanical nature, the missionary's sermon to the town's virgins, the parish priest's attempt to seduce Valerie, and lusty adults at play. Valerie's nascent sexuality puts her in great danger. Can she navigate the passage from innocence to experience, a route teaming with vampires, a murderer, and an obscure family tree? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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16 October 1970 (Czechoslovakia)  »

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I Valerie stin evdomada ton thavmaton  »

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1.37 : 1
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Jan Klusák originally planned on composing the score, but ultimately changed his mind because he was exhausted after acting in this film. See more »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
Grandmother: Hedvika is marrying
Valerie: Poor Hedvika
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Referenced in Big Fish (2003) See more »

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the most beautiful picture I have seen
28 April 2003 | by (Lao People's Democratic Republic) – See all my reviews

When I was a student, 30 years ago, I saw maybe a film a day. I was 17 when I saw Valerie for the first time. It may not be the best film ever made, but I was stunned by the beauty of the images, the story, the direction and especially the people. If film is a dream made visual, this is the quintessential film. I saw it several times during the seventies, and always the magic struck again. In 1995 I found it on video. I had to switch it off after 30 seconds. The quality was so poor all the magic was lost. Do not see this film if you cannot see it in 100% optimal conditions. No DVD seems to be available. To me, Valerie is a memory of an ideal, of what film ought to be. I can live with such a memory.


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