Okay, I did a week of Czech/Czechoslovak films and came up a bit short because it turns out I’ve not seen all that many (and those I have, I wrote very short reviews about so couldn’t really use them here). Well, I’ll finish by returning to another Věra Chytilová film, her first full-length feature film in fact, though she did some shorts and the mid-length A Bagful of Fleas before (it’s available on British DVD with the film I’m reviewing today, from the excellent label Second Run).
Věra Chytilová’s first proper feature film follows two parallel stories, ostensibly quite different — a female gymnast (Eva Bosáková) trains for a major competition, a woman (Věra Uzelacová) looks after her home — but in cutting between them Chytilová finds parallels. Neither has much support from the men in their lives (the housewife somewhat less than the gymnast, whose trainer is at least there for her, even if he rarely seems to offer encouragement). Chytilová is already showing a fine eye for compositions and for cross-cutting, and the film is a rather stylishly well-made exercise.
Director/Writer Věra Chytilová; Cinematographer Jan Čuřík; Starring Eva Bosáková, Věra Uzelacová; Length 90 minutes.
Seen at home (DVD), London, Saturday 30 July 2016.