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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.

Director:

Jaromil Jires

Writers:

Vítezslav Nezval (novel), Jaromil Jires (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jaroslava Schallerová ... Valerie
Helena Anýzová ... Babicka / Elsa / Matka / Rusovláska
Petr Kopriva Petr Kopriva ... Orlík
Jirí Prýmek ... Tchor-konstábl
Jan Klusák ... Gracián
Libuse Komancová Libuse Komancová ... Sluzka-novicka
Karel Engel Karel Engel ... Kocí Ondrej
Alena Stojáková Alena Stojáková ... Hedvika
Otto Hradecký Otto Hradecký ... Statkár
Martin Wielgus Martin Wielgus ... Tchor-father
Jirina Machalická Jirina Machalická ... Kvetinárka
Michaela Klocová Michaela Klocová ... Sluzka
Zdenka Kovárová Zdenka Kovárová ... Sluzka
Bedriska Chalupská Bedriska Chalupská ... Sluzka
Robert Nezval Robert Nezval ... Muzikant
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Storyline

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 19th century 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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Certificate:

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

16 October 1970 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

I Valerie stin evdomada ton thavmaton See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was filmed mostly during the summer. See more »

Goofs

Several times throughout the movie people are picking up musical instruments and music is heard as if they are playing them but the fingerings don't match up with the notes, or sometimes no hand manipulation is done at all, just the appearance of playing the instrument. In one case, Eaglet is playing the flute and plays it horizontally when it is the vertical kind. See more »

Quotes

[subtitled version]
Orlik: [of The Polecat] He's one hundred years overdue for death
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Connections

Referenced in Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Dobrou noc, má plavovlásko
Music by Lubos Fiser
Performed by Josef Abrhám
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Dreams of a young girl
20 August 2004 | by mobiaSee all my reviews

A "coming of age" story like no other, this Czech Gothic fairytale is possibly the most lyrical film ever made. Valerie, a 13 year old staying with her grandmother while her parents are away has her first menstruation, triggering a series of interlocking dreams about lustful vampires who prey upon her youth. Despite the monstrous goings-on, the film is a buoyant and sensual pleasure to watch. The camera-work and composition never ceases to amaze and the energy of its tuneful folklike score propels the convoluted story forward effortlessly. And much credit should be given to Jaroslava Schallerova as Valerie who inhabits the role with the right balance of knowledge and wonder


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