Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

In this surreal psychological fantasy, young Valerie lives with her grandmother. She feels the first stirring of sexual awareness when a carnival parade comes to town and a man presents her with a pair of magic earrings. When her fantasy… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Collis
Time Out

There is no clearly-defined story; the film's logic is that of the subconscious, its images those of the Gothic fairytale and the psychiatrist's couch, and its overall effect is stunning.

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Empire Magazine

Lovely to look at, there is some social satire, but this works mainly on a level of myth and magic.

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Staci Layne Wilson

A sensuous, often suspenseful fable saturated with shades of Sigmund Freud, Lewis Carroll and the Marquis de Sade, the horror comes in the form of actual, traditional fanged vampires who can shape-shift and cause all kinds of deadly mischief.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

A born director like Mr. Jires can be forgiven a lopsided beauty that still commands full attention.

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Stephen Thomson
Electric Sheep

The persistent idiosyncracy of vision -- saturated colours, dramatic angles and deep shots framed by intervening branches and cobwebs -- fashion a little world that is fully realised within its own terms and will haunt many a viewer.

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Anton Bitel

This confounding, carnivalesque coming-of-age fantasy is as beguiling as it is beautiful, as subversive as it is strange.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

If you aren't too anxious about decoding what all this means, you're likely to be entranced.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A confounding surreal dream-like film.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

With its shifting moods and its fairy tale symbolism of youth and age, sexuality and death, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is part opaque folk tale and part Gothic horror.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
The symbolism is a bit too obvious and calculated, with not much room for subtlety and being a tad sloppy towards the end, but this impressive film relies on an… More
Robert C
While fascinating in the visual sense, the film as a whole was a bit too convoluted even for my tastes. While I'm perfectly capable of enjoying a film… More
Aj V
Well that was... interesting. I'm still not sure what to make of this movie. Valerie goes through a series of insanity from one day to the next. There… More
vieras esine
The last five or so minutes were brilliant. Otherwise this film was far too bizarre, even for me.
Greg S
On the day she gets her period, a young girl's life turns into a strange dream of lusty priests and vampire infestations. This surreal fairy tale exploring… More
Joey Shapiro
A very unusual Czech fantasy/horror film, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is sometimes too surreal to follow, but its gorgeous visuals and abundance of… More