Valerie and Her Week of Wonders ★★★½

Damn, what a wild movie. It’s a perfect cultural amalgamation of classic fairytales like Vampyr, surrealist coming of age dramas like Black Moon, and campy B-Movie horror comedies like House, all leading to a tonal cohesion and inevitable comparison to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I thought this was super fun and enjoyable to watch, with some fun imagery, beautiful color palettes and combinations, and a plot that echoes the fun and terror of being a you g woman growing up in a strange world. I love the gothic aesthetic it nails (filled with vampires and priests, two equally scary creatures that are costumed awesomely), the goofy world director Jaromil Jireš creates, and the strong thematic content. I wish it was longer, I wish the plot was less predictable, convoluted and linear, and I think it makes for a fun watch, but I’m unsure how often I’ll throw it on.