Fruit of Paradise

1970 [CZECH]


IMDb Rating 6.7/10 10 1277 1.3K

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908.47 MB
Czech 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 38 min
Seeds 8
1.65 GB
Czech 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 38 min
Seeds 10

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by nichrevolution 8 / 10

A Heady Work of Art: a Fruit from Paradise

Fruit of Paradise does a fantastic job living up to its energetic predecessor, Daisies, and belongs to the same delirious family of Arthouse Cinema as the works of Jan Svankmajer, the Brothers Quay, Maya Deren, and I'll even go out on a limb and say Dave McKean. The narrative pursues the loose interactions and activities of Eva, her husband Josef, and Mr. Robert- all of whom are in residence at a pastoral health spa. The film draws immediate and overt parallels to the story of Adam and Eve and their temptation in the Garden in addition to other more thematic and symbolic parallels with old fairy tales like Bluebeard and Little Red Riding Hood. Approach this film knowing that the art lies in the Cinesthesiac fusion of image, motion, music, and concept. The narrative exists in service to that.

Reviewed by ThurstonHunger 6 / 10

In Praise of Younger, Wilder Czech Women

If you enjoy watching a mercurial, concupiscent woman-child scamper about, this is the film for you. And I'm not just talking to Bjork fans.

At times it was like watching a ballet without the dancing, although there were moves on display. Very much Free Love kind of moves. I would say this would be a great film for a band to project while playing some trippy music, but then the audience would miss Zdenek Liska's score (although the drums in the attic scene would be a hit for rawk concerteers).

As pointed out by another reviewer (and the three posted so far all fit with my experience), the first 15 minutes are the most obscure and camera crazy. I wonder if director Vera Chytilova figured censors would get a headache, or have to send in reports to their superiors within 15 minutes and give up? Even then as the story is revealed, it challenges deciphering. Well at least in the year 2014 here in the States. I can see the trend of white (purity) to red (trouble/communism) to black (death), and there is a dresser that is just a fake front, so that too can be seen maybe as some Pop Art reverse AgitProp. I have to say these thoughts never rose up directly while watching it.

For first time Czech checkers, I'd start with "Daisies" first, but I need to figure out what to watch next. I like the raw exuberant art here even if Chytilova felt walled off from her occupied and getting wasted teenage motherland.

Reviewed by Perception_de_Ambiguity 6 / 10

The truth, the devil and violent rape

Adam and Eve in paradise. They are one with nature. Carefree sexual beings, but naive like children. Then the snake offers them an apple from the tree of knowledge by telling them the truth, which is that God lied to them, for they will not die when they eat from the tree, but become gods themselves. Eva is eager to know the truth, so she eats the apple.

Skip to the present time. Sort of. A fictitious health resort that doesn't seem too different to paradise. A way to keep out modern social issues and to focus on gender relations maybe? Its people seem to be rather naive and carefree as well much of the time but have become estranged from nature and wear clothes. But lets start with Eva, our protagonist. She is married to Josef. After climbing down a wall a bearded guy (Robert) almost pisses on her head. She approaches him but he avoids her. Later he approaches her when she plants carrots. Now she avoids him. Later again she approaches him and he avoids her. Robert chases after various girls, and avoids others. Without any rhyme or reason, apparently. He even flirts with a 78-year old woman in a wheelchair.

One sunny day the people of the health resort play with a big orange balloon. A key drops out of Robert's pocket. Eva picks it up and uses it to unlock his house and to go through his stuff. She finds a stamp and stamps herself on the leg, just because. It's a 6. She tries to remove it but can't. Later the newspaper reports about the murder of a blonde woman. She was found with the number 6 stamped on her forehead. Now Eva knows that Robert is a murderer. He knows that she knows so now he tries to kill her.

Josef tells Eva that he lied to her about something. How could he?! Her world is shattered. She now sees Josef as being no better than Robert. They basically both lied so he is no better than a murderer. Men are all the same, really. Liars. And the world is rotten. The disillusioned (or just wiser) Eva takes off with her stuff.

Eva chases after Robert again because whatever, it's all rotten anyway. Josef don't like that too much but can't really do much about it except for chasing after her now. Eva runs off, Robert chases after her, Josef chases after her, Eva flirts with waiters, Josef and Robert watch, they chat, Eva chases after Robert again and so on.

Eventually Robert chases after Eva and then Eva chases after Robert and he wants to shoot her. With a gun. He throws the gun to her. She throws it back. He puts it into his coat. Eva says she's cold. Robert covers her with his coat. This was the last time that she believed someone, she says and takes the gun. That's betrayal, he says, and yes, it's all a lie. She takes the gun and shoots him. Eva runs to the wall from the beginning of the film but can't climb over it to "return to paradise".

Eva runs back to Josef. She tells him not to ask for the truth. She doesn't even want to know it herself, but she does know it. She wants to give him a rose. He passes on it and walks on. While this is going on a song concludes the Adam and Eve story. In it Eve eats the apple and offers it to her husband, who eats it as well. They realize that they are naked and when they see God strolling about in paradise they "hide themselves among the fruit trees of paradise".

Chytilová said in an interview that the film was about the occupation. The people "live in a lie, the truth was that they were violently raped". If that was the intention, and I have no reason to doubt it, I have to say it's a very unsuccessfully communicated allegory and the film furthermore doesn't seem to have to say much more than this about its real subject. Seems to me that it was just constructed as an obscured allegory as a sort of daring experiment. Will they find out what her film is really about? She says they didn't, nor that most other audience members "got it".

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