Monday, February 8, 2010

Carnish Culture: Sedmikrásky ("Daisies," 1966)

Easily one of the most incredible films I have ever seen, Věra Chytilová's 1966 Czech new wave darling Daisies is an unhinged romp of youthful excess. Set against the backdrop of the iron curtain, Marie 1 and Marie 2 embark on recklessly epicurean adventures without a care in the world. They have each other, their Nouveau Réalist flat, plenty of pickles, a love of running about town, upscale dining, and older men to pick up the tab (who they hilariously repeatedly ditch as the train departs). The storytelling is as skewed as the varied film techniques, which immediately shred the viewer's perception into ribbons of saturated beauty and arcane comedy. You quickly understand you are at the film's whimsical mercy, and submit - Then for the 74 minutes that follow, ooh and ahh at the labored Bocuse d'Or-like food, laugh at the (extremely talented Ivana Karbanová and Jitka Cerhová's) drunken antics, and marvel at the sheer beauty of the flawless photography.
Daisies belongs high on any artist, food or film lover's MUST list.
Watch a short clip here.
Dobrou chuť!

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