Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

A film by Jaromil Jires
Starring Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva

In a constantly surprising mixture of gentle eroticism and gothic nightmare, shot through with cobwebs and lace, thirteen-year-old Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerova) innocently turns the denizens of a turn-of-the-century village into the fairies and demons of childhood – a childhood that is at once distinctly female and ageless.

The dark fruits of repression are both mocked and oddly savored in the film’s bizarre imagery: Grandmother-vampire cavorts with a lascivious priest; a procession of nuns crosses a field of wheat into unimagined realms of sensuality; a father is a weasel, a lover is a brother; a mother’s sparkling earrings hold the key to all that is magical in sexuality.

CATHODE LOVE presents a 35mm print from the Czech National Archive.


Technical Information

Production Year
Country of Production
Czechoslovakia (former)
Running Time
73 mins

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