Daisies (1966): The life of two girls, Marie I and Marie II, who try to understand the meaning of the world and of their life.
Daisies. The Czech New Wave is a very interesting genre of cinema. However, I most certainly can say that it is impossible to deny the art behind making a film like Daisies. While the film was crazy and incoherent from a storytelling perspective, the movie was oddly beautiful from a technical perspective. I couldn’t help but admire the unpredictable lens-changes, and the scenes were so quick and unpredictable it was impossible to figure out what was going to happen next at any point in the film. In fact, the only thing that was predictable with the film was that it was completely unpredictable. However, I still couldn’t help but admire it throughout its 74-minute runtime.
I would like to take a moment to talk about the acting. Ivana Karbanova and Jitka Cerhova were great as the co-leads. Their child-like demeanor, combined with undeniable chemistry made the movie significantly more enjoyable from start to finish, despite a nonexistent story. I look at some of the big budget films now that bank everything on a good story and look technically boring, and now laugh at them. If only Angelina Jolie watched this movie before filming Unbroken. While you don’t need to go as out there as director Vera Chytilova does while filming Daisies, a bit of variability from a technical standpoint goes a long way. Just look at what Birdman just did. That movie’s story made very little sense, and yet it's a phenomenal movie because of the one take sensation it creates. As for Daisies, I thought it was a good film. I enjoyed myself a lot more than I thought I was going to, and I would definitely recommend this movie to my cinema-loving friends
The Verdict: 7/10 Good.
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