Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) is a Czechoslovakian surrealist fantasy film directed by Jaromil Jires. It tells the story of a young girl, Valerie, who is coming of age and is faced with a series of strange and mysterious events.
The film is known for its exploration of sexuality and its use of dreamlike imagery. It is a unique and powerful film that has been praised for its surrealism and its exploration of female sexuality.
Valerie is a young girl who is coming of age and is faced with a series of strange and mysterious events. Throughout the film, she is confronted with a variety of sexual moments. These moments range from the innocent and playful, such as when she is seen playing with a butterfly, to the more explicit, such as when she is seen in a dreamlike state, being seduced by a vampire.
The film also explores the idea of female sexuality and the power of desire. Valerie is seen as a young girl who is coming to terms with her own sexuality and is beginning to explore her own desires. This is seen in the dreamlike sequences, where she is seen being seduced by a vampire and in the scenes where she is seen exploring her own body.
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a unique and powerful film that has been praised for its surrealism and its exploration of female sexuality. It is a film that is sure to leave viewers with a lasting impression and is a must-see for anyone interested in exploring the power of female sexuality.
Sex: Couple make love, but not in graphic detail. The woman's breasts are shown briefly.
A significantly older man marries a teenage girl. He is seen aggressively kissing her neck and chest, then lying her down on a bed while she moans suggestively. Her breasts are seen briefly. Sex is implied; the camera focuses on her face as she cries, while off-camera, the man remarks that there is no blood.
A girl has her period onscreen; blood is seen dripping onto flowers.
A woman drops a live fish down the front of her own dress.
Valerie runs around in a white nightgown which often falls down in one scene, revealing her shoulders and breasts.
An elderly character wears a white dress, which is seen at one point split up one side of it.
A woman in a white dress lies atop a large, fallen-down tree, laughing and appearing to have an orgasm.
A lecherous priest mentions that he wants to "bless the breasts and laps" of all girls who haven't sinned.
A missionary tells Valerie that he once attempted to convert a girl to his faith (where she "expressed talent in the missionary tent"), after which she "committed sin" and disappeared in France". The missionary offers to show Valerie what he means someday.
Jaroslava Schallerová, who played Valerie, was only 13 or 14 when she appeared nude in the film.
A man attempts to sexually assault Valerie. A woman appears sexually interested in Valerie; that night they lay down in bed together, they are later shown asleep with the woman's hand on Valerie's clothed breast.
Valerie is disgusted to learn that Orlik, the boy whom she had a crush on, may be her estranged brother. The film is ambiguous as to whether or not Orlik is truly Valerie's brother (it is implied that this was a falsehood made up by Polecat to keep Valerie from falling in love with Orlik), although the only thing which Valerie and Orlik ever really do is hug and attempt to kiss each other.
The ending scene features Valerie coming across every character from the film, even the antagonistic Polecat (who now appears friendly and benevolent), most of whom are kissing and hugging. Some background characters fondle each other.