School girls Gretchen (Christina Wood) and Margarita (Victoria Smith)
are just unwilling to accept the restriction of society anymore, they want
to dress up, have (real or imagined) adventures, they want to be free ...
but how can you be free in a world where even skipping classes is
considered a major fault, and it's expected from the girls that they just
fit in, whether they like it or not ... and the girls do not like it, and
they decide to drop out, have the adventures they think they have a right
to, become witches - as they call themselves -, feared by society at
large. Their decision results in more freedom indeed, marvelous
adventures, too - but also utter chaos ...
First and foremost,
I have to admit above synopsis doesn't do Savage Witches any
justice, as this is not a narrative movie as such but a highly
experimental mood piece, combining footage shot on vastly different
live action and animation, even storyboard drawings and voice-overs that
might have been lifted from interviews with the actresses, carried by a
beautiful avant garde musical score. All this,
paired with a lyrical approach to the story as such, which is to an extent
reminiscent of Jean Rollin's most beautiful films (though without the
nudity), and a welcome disinterest in meeting audience expectations make a
very wonderful film that has to be experienced rather than seen.