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 1, 1970
DVD 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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Eric Melin

Moments of pure and frightening clarity, mixed with images that can't be reconciled with any kind of reality. These dreams don't offer coherence, but rather a strong, deep feeling that can take hours to shake.

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Judy Berman
The Dissolve

Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders enjoys a richly deserved place in the international canon of timeless coming-of-age stories.

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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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Rob Gonsalves

Like the best fairy tales, "Valerie" is voluptuously suggestive, a bit dangerous, and perfectly legible on its own subterranean terms.

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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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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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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Viewers willing to just accept Valerie's beautiful surrealism will probably feel their time was better rewarded than those who will need to have it all figured out.

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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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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
Walter M.
This is a phantasmagorical, yet nonsensical, coming of age story about Valerie(Jaroslava Schallerova) whose fears as she grows up are represented in not only… More