If I could name a number of Springtime-appropriate films, Sedmikrasky or "Daisies" would hold a place at the top of my list. While the bounty of flower and butterfly images give it an obvious seasonal appeal, the youthful energy of the film is what makes it such a perfect choice for an April, May, or June movie night.
The Czech film follows two teenage girls, both of whom are named Marie, on a quest to "be very bad". Made during a tumultuous time in the Czech Republic, the film is believed to be a feminist response to a communist society and a war-torn world. The Marie's believe if the world is going bad, they must go bad as well.
As bad as they may go, their girlish glee brings a sort of rebellious innocence to all of their actions. Dating rich older men only to spend all their money on expensive food and annoy them with nosy questions. Getting drunk on beer and wine and causing giddy chaos in a fancy dining hall. Running around town in simple mini dresses and a few playful accessories gives the Marie's a sort of fuss-free fashion sensibility many young ladies can relate to.
What's interesting is that I've read several reviews of this film and noticed the ones written by women are profound and positive, while the one written by a man brushed it off as a stale comedy with one dimensional female leads. As a young girl myself, I find that this film speaks wonders about my ideas of the world. It sums up the mentality of me and my girl friends better than possibly any other female-centric film I've seen. Giggling over bottles of wine, teasing boys, gorging on cakes, and dressing up in floral crowns may seem bland and juvenile to a stodgy old film critique but it's experiences like these that sum up my own life as a young an independent woman. Clearly not much has changed since 1966.
Director Vera Chytilova was forbidden to work in her homeland for nearly a decade after this film was released. It was banned by Czech authorities for depicting wanton behavior. Thanks to the magic of the internet, it is now available in full on Youtube and you can watch it above!
Check out the photo gallery to get yourself in the mood and settle in for a bit of psychedelic Czech New Wave cinema!