"If everything is going bad in this world, then we're going bad as well!"
"This film is dedicated to those whose sole source of indignation is a messed up trifle."
Have you ever wondered what Snow White and Rose Red would do in the modern world? Well, here is one answer,two bikini-clad and hungry for life - and they are gluttonous. Also, like other teenage girls, they are clothes mad and love their accessories, whether Jarmila's folral halo of the scraves they uuse to entice and hogtie the men they encounter. Jarmila and Jitka, or Marie I and Marie II, never let a "No Entry" sign stop them; indeed they never slow down. Jitka Certhova and Ivana Karbanova, as Jarmila and Jitka, give performances both daring and hilarious.
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When the girls break into an abandoned factory that is marked "Nourishment" they find nothing to eat. Unsurprisingly, Daisies ends in a scene of total food mayhem. The girls stage an epic food fight cum fashion show in a locked banquet hall, gluttony seen as destruction. The trifle that appears in the film's dedication is both consumed and destroyed.
That this movie was made - or even imagined - before the new wave of feminism broke shows just how little of reality we comprehend, even in the stories we do tell. The history has yet to be written pointing out the contradictions that were the ticking time-bomb of female lives in the postwar world. Efforts have been made, such as Kate Millett's Sexual Politics (1970), but the master narrative remains just that, the old truism stills holds: the slaves know more about the masters than the masters know about the slaves.
Stills from Daisies, on DVD from the Criterion Collection: 2012.
The movie was filmed partly in color and partly in black and white.
Photo of Vera Chytilova, courtesy of Czech Film Institute, Prague.