Monday, February 7, 2011
VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS (1970)
A Czechoslovakian surrealistic, fairy-tale-inspired vampire movie that reminds me of the works of Alejandro Jodorowsky but perhaps even less linear, if that's possible. I can go either way with art films. They can come off as boring pretentious messes to me or, like this one, they can be fascinating looks into bizarre worlds that are like a puzzle I'm never going to be able to solve but I want to keep trying. The plot, if you want to call it that, is about a 13 year old girl going through puberty and experiencing a bunch of interwoven dreams about religion, blood-suckers and sex. There is nudity by an actress who is underage but anyone who sees this as child porn is a fucking retard and should go play with a ball of lint instead of watching movies. The shots are amazing, the sets are incredible and the whole thing feels like an exercise in pure cinema that I would love to get the chance to see in a theater someday.