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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders Review

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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