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19 February - 1 March 2019: Daisies


Vera Chytilová, 1966, 74 min
Czech with English subtitles

"Daisies is a brightly colored surrealist comedy starring a couple of chicks in search of kicks. Spawned by the Prague Spring, the best friends undertake a quest to find a life different from their previously regimented patriarchal society. Picking up men to fleece for fancy dinners, escaping sexual obligations by hopping trains, chatting up a man on the phone while roasting and cutting sausages in their room, the two are transgressive adventurers and inveterate consumers. They must be seen to be believed: frenzied, obsessive, undaunted until a Boschian ending plunges them into the consequences of their actions. Chytilová made a visionary masterpiece that has always been ahead of its time: feminist for the seventies, punk performance for the eighties, postapocalyptic vision for the nineties, it deserves absolute celebration for its empowering invention of female buddies on the move." – B. Ruby Rich

Part of our season on Vera Chytilová