Saturday, August 18, 2012

It's A Wonderful Life

The amount of strange and bizarre movies there are out there about "womanhood" are in no shortage. This just may be the MOST ABSOLUTELY STUNNING one I've ever seen...

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (originally Valerie A Tyden Divu), is a Czech movie, based on a book, about a girl and her period. Oh, if only it were that simple. You see, Valerie's menstrual cycle cause a series of terrifying surreal events to happen around her.

Lustful priests, a jealous and pious grandmother, and brief encounters with the debauched residents of Valerie's picturesque town all threaten this extremely pivotal, vulnerable moment in her life.

It's not clear who can be trusted or feared in this movie. Or if anything in this movie is a dream or reality. That vague distinction made the film work for me. The set design is spectacular and immaculate. Everything works just the right way in this movie, even things that seem the most irrelevant.

The synopsis compares this movie to Snow White or Alice in Wonderland, which I suppose does traditionally fit. I also think it shares many similarities with Pan's Labyrinth for the same dream/reality dynamic, adult fairytale elements, and idealistic doe-eyed protagonist.

I heard about this movie in so many different places, but the Broadcast album, Haha Sound, made me finally check it out, since it's heavily inspired by the film. There are alot of religious and sexual overtures in this movie that may make it an uncomfortable watch. Did I mention the lead actress was only THIRTEEN when this movie was made!?

The thought of doing a style collage for this movie crossed my mind, but I gave up and just watched it again and again and again. Here's some awesome news, the full film is on YouTube with English subs!!!

Like seriously, watch

All poorly done screencaps by yours truly.

-Peace & Hair Grease.


  1. I LOVE THIS FILM and watched it without realising it was about her period and it's the strangest but best thing ever.

  2. Ive been meaning to watch this for so long! Also daises looks really good too, I think its a similar kind of film. I need to get on amazon XD

    1. I LOVE Daisies! The movies are actually quite different, but they both deserve watching imho :-)

  3. This does sound strange,but definitely something I'll have to watch.Thanks for the recommendation,as I'd never heard of it before.


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