Daisies (1966)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 18

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AKA: Sedmikrásky
Directed by: Vera Chytilová
Starring: Jitka Cerhová (Marie 1), Ivana Karbanová (Marie 2)
Country: Czechoslovakia
Language: Czech (English subtitles)
Runtime: 01:15:51
Genres: Bizarre-Surreal, Food, Teens

Plot – Spoilers:
Two young girls both named Marie, who might well be the same person, do whatever they feel like, in visually stunning scenarios and settings.

A recurring theme through the film is how each girl’s existence is defined by the other’s as well as the attention the world showers on them as a duo. The girls are indulged by most of the older people whose lives and worlds they disrupt. However, as they age, which they appear to do without physically changing, the world cares lesser about them and the girls desperately seek a fading happiness in the moral dictums and conformist ethos of the world they inhabit.

The above is most likely a steaming pile of bullshit. Trying to make coherent sense of Daisies can perhaps be quite futile, but if you can immerse yourself in snatches of moments, without attempting to connect them, Daisies can be a very rewarding experience.

5 thoughts on “Daisies (1966)

  • April 10, 2020 at 10:11 am
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    very crazy movie….i love it!

    thx 🙂

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  • April 10, 2020 at 11:27 pm
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    Not effed up at all but a funny one and one I thoroughly enjoyed still.

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  • August 26, 2020 at 10:27 pm
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    For a subversive Surreal film this was pretty tame. Well shot though, good music mostly, and the girls were cute. Would have been better as a short perhaps., and it needed more nudity. It would have made it more real. Felt like the film maker was really holding back (by Fellini standards anyway).

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    • May 4, 2021 at 9:55 pm
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      try watching this movie not through the male, but the female gaze. I really like that there is no nudity by fellini standards. there are plenty of movies with it.

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  • June 2, 2021 at 3:09 pm
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    This Czech avant-garde film is a masterpiece. To me, this film is as close as you can get to the music of The Mothers of Invention. The film is from 1966, so is MOI’s first album Freak Out!. Later on MOI became one of the most popular bands in Eastern Europe. Ironically, with view to the end of the film, the freedom which is the central theme of the movie, is reflected in the Prague Spring of 1968, ended violently by the Warsaw Pact. The MOI album which is a perfect companion to this great movie is Uncle Meat, released in 1969…

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