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  • Actors: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Cesková, Jirina Myskova, Marcela Brezinová
  • Directors: Vera Chytilová
  • Writers: Vera Chytilová, Ester Krumbachová, Pavel Jurácek
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Czech
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Facets
  • VHS Release Date: March 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000060MXA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,581 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pratte on April 20, 2005
Most of the other reviews have gone into the more "serious" aspects of this film, so I will stick to a strict movie buff review here. First of all, this film is fun. I don't mean that in any trite sense - the colors, the action, the script, everything is just entertaining while making you think. This is a difficult line, entertaining without sacrificing art. Yet we see movement: never too jarring, never too fast, just a rapid-paced, youthful journey into "being bad." My wife and I commented that it was a bit like watching out pet ferrets...in a candy store...after they finished watching Thelma and Louise.

Aside from the movement, the visuals are fantastic. Wild scenery mixes psychedelia with nature, the costumes are fun, and the play with color is great. There were several times I was reminded of Amelie.

So what is it about? Hmm...a bit difficult to answer quickly. To sum it up, two girls keep themselves occupied finding new ways to get free dinners. In the process they upstage a floor show at a restaraunt, fool several old men, and destroy a banquet. They are being bad - while being completely innocent. This isn't an exploration of vice, but of youthfulness, individuality, and autonomy.

One quick note: the dvd provides decent subtitles in English.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2003
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Saw Vera Chytilova's *Daisies* the first time way back in the late Eighties at an art-house, which was featuring a retrospective of the aborted Czech "New Wave" of the mid- to late Sixties. I distinctly remember being blissed-out on the ganj (flaming youth!) while watching the movie, and I remember thinking that my altered state contributed a great deal to my enjoyment of what I was seeing. You may feel the need to reach for the chronic too, after watching the opening credits. (More prosaic individuals may want to reach for a highball or two, at least.) I'm frankly shocked, but obviously pleased, to discover that *Daisies* has made it to DVD. (Thanks, "Facets Video"!) Clocking in at 74 minutes, the movie isn't really all that much, but what it has is sublime: a pair of sexy, giggling young buffoons named Marie and Marie who prostitute themselves to hideous middle-aged men for free meals and booze. They're teases, they're rather dumb, they're childish, they're drunken, they're funny as hell, and they see right through the revolting hypocrisy of the totalitarian socialist state in which they're sadly marooned. The last sequence, where the girls break into some commissar's private banquet hall and proceed to devour and defile everything in it, laid bare the hypocrisy of Czechoslovakian political life so thoroughly that it virtually destroyed Chytilova's career. The astounding psychedelic camera work by Jaroslav Kucera, incidentally, is simply icing on the cake. [Be sure to read the transcripts of the letters concerning *Daisies* on the "features" menu. One is from the Official Cultural Commissar of the Czech Communist Party, which predictably condemns the film as "elitist", unintelligible, and not consistent with the aim of glorifying the Workers and Families of the State.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Dennis on January 16, 2008
...You may be confused by this movie, or be forced to do a lot of explaining to any others invited to watch with you. Taken as a whole, however, it's one of the most entertaining, off-kilter, creative, and kaleidescopic films I've ever seen. Trying to decipher a plot from Marie I's and Marie II's bizarre antics is beside the point, though I would recommend renting before you buy.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Boram on January 25, 2005
i loved this movie!! i thought it would be much jitzy-er, on a crumby budget and a sort of czech john waters or something. not the case, though that would have been good too, but not as fantastic as this wacko pearl of a movie. this movie is a very well-hewn display of technicolor magic. the craftwomanship is no joke. the set design, the splintery abrasive sound production, the distinct and varied atmospheres depicted in these "vignettes", are eye and ear candy for anyone who likes tripped out, nihilistic fun. vera chytilova fully out-goddard's goddard. "une femme est une femme" and "pierrot le fou" seem almost straight forward compared to this.

the two female leads are a good mix of real sexy and real grating. i would say that this movie depicted a real nightmare scenario for me. i could imagine myself falling for one of these girls, who when seperated from the other is actually pretty sweet and cool. then i visit their little art school apartment they have together, i discover the terrifying truth- that my nice sweet pretty arty amour is actually one half of a destructive adolescent femmenstein! i would then probably subject myself to all manners of their cavalier tortures and eventually emerge emasculated and none the richer for it!!!

but alas, it is just a movie, and i'm proably too old at this point to fall for girls like that....but in my twenties...for sure i would have!!

this may not be specifically a feminist movie. i'd say most likely it is politically motivated. it's allegorical, coming from a super turbulent time in world and eastern european history.

it's really worth a look, but if your into "serious" euro "cinema", maybe steer clear. it's pretty silly and abrasive...which is up my alley. five stars for sure!
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