Review: ‘Sedmikrasky’

Two zany young teenage girls are the focus of this extremely funny, witty and expertly-fashioned film. The gals seem to live on men, do not work, and have no ties with society. Director Vera Chytilova has them as engaging but futile rebels or misfits who can never seem to fit into life.

Two zany young teenage girls are the focus of this extremely funny, witty and expertly-fashioned film. The gals seem to live on men, do not work, and have no ties with society. Director Vera Chytilova has them as engaging but futile rebels or misfits who can never seem to fit into life.

In this, her second feature pic, Chytilova [working from a screen story by her and Pavel Juracek] harks back to early silent comedies and displays a remarkable control of filmic language, special effects and rhythm and sight gags.

The two girls are introduced sitting on a beach and seem to be like puppets. They are then seen at home in a mad pop-art atmosphere of cutouts on walls, flower arrangements on their beds, and strange eating habits. This is interlarded with their meetings with different types of men.

The two free-living madcaps never become annoying or silly because of the engaging treatment and playing. Color is subtle, pleasing and is a mix with sepia, tinting and inventive special effects that help the mood and atmosphere.

Sedmikrasky

Czechoslovakia

Production

Barrandov. Director Vera Chytilova; Producer Bohumil Smida, Ladislav Fikar; Screenplay Ester Krumbachova, Vera Chytilova; Camera Jaroslav Kucera; Editor Miroslav Hajek; Music Jiri Sust, Jiri Slitr; Art Director Karel Lier

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 75 MIN.

With

Jitka Cerhova Ivana Karbanova Julius Albert

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