Today I'm going to be reviewing the 1966 Czech film Daisies aka Sedmikráski.
The Criterion Collection describes Daisies as being one of the great works of feminist cinema. That, along with the fact that it's an experimental film with seemingly interesting film stills was enough to make me really want to watch the film. Since this is a "review" I'll give a brief summary of the plot, however if you've never seen the film before I found it much more exciting and refreshing to just let the film take you along and probably surprise you (in a good way). It's a pretty short film too so you'll want to take in everything, at the end I wished it was longer.
Daisies is about the lives/adventures of two girls, Marie 1 and Marie 2, who I believe mention that they are sisters. The reckless pair don't lead regular lives, they've decided that the world has turned "bad"/is essentially meaningless and go around treating everything as such. They don't take anything seriously and they do absolutely whatever they want, their way. The film is basically about independence from the conventions of normal everyday life; there are also other meanings and symbolism throughout. Why is it an experimental film you might ask? well, the film uses plenty of color and picture effects such as some parts being in black and white, some in color, others in just one color, and employing various still frames. Daisies felt sort of like an interesting dream, in fact when I woke up the morning after I watched it I searched it online to make sure It actually existed and I didn't just dream it up. After learning a little more about the film after I watched it, I found out that this film was actually banned by the Czech government when it first came out which is pretty interesting. Another notable thing about the film is that the main characters have pretty great style (simple but nice) and just the film overall is stylish, apart from being a great film I could see how it could be considered style inspiration.
If you liked Daisies you might also like:
Celine and Julie go Boating
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
I hope you enjoyed this film review.
Have a great weekend!
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