As a 13-year-old, Valerie takes her first steps into adulthood, but her world is a frightening one, where nothing and no one are exactly what they seem.
If Neil Jordan and Angela Carter had wanted to follow The Company Of Wolves with The Company Of Vampires, they might have approximated this strange Czech film. Valerie, a 13-year-old innocent, ventures into the adult world and finds it arbitrary, frightening, erotic and mystifying. A lecherous priest who wants to have our heroine burned at the stake as a witch , while a shape-shifter whose handsome prince prettiness sometimes wavers to reveal a Nosferatu-look white face, turns Valerie's grandmother into a seductive but dead-looking young vampire woman, and subjects the girl's brother to surreaily strange perils.
Lovely to look at, there is some social satire, but this works mainly on a level of myth and magic