Here's Czech director F.A. Brabec's lavishly shot, surreal fairy tale fever dream Kytice a.k.a. Wild Flowers from 2000. Beautiful compendium of seven Czech tales: in "Kytice" (Wild Flowers/Garland/The Bouquet), three little girls miss their dead mother and make her come back in a very special way; in "Vodnik" (Waterman), a young woman disobeys her mother and falls into a lake, where she is seduced by an amphibious man to whom she bears a child; in "Svatební košile" (Wedding Shirts), a woman begs to the virgin Mary for her soldier husband's return and he does come back as a ghost; in "Polednice" (Noon Witch), a housewife, worried by the crying of her baby, invokes the presence of the terrible witch Coca; in "Zlatý kolovrat" (The Gold Spinning-Wheel), an innocent and beautiful peasant girl who is asked in marriage by a king, is murdered by her ambitious mother and twin sister, to take her place in court; in "Dcerina kletba" (Curse of the Daughter), a young woman is punished for abortion; and in "Štedrý den" (Christmas Day), two girls go out into the dark, frosty forest to solve an enigma, without realizing Death is after a dear one, completing the circle of stories, based in ballads written by Karel Jaromír Erben in 1853. All the tales belong to the mythic and poetic spirit of Romanticism, with elements of fantasy, folklore, fairy tales, eroticism, death and predestination. A highly rewarding cinematic experience.
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