Something Different

    O necem jinem

    • Vera Chytilova
    • Czech Republic
    • 1963
    • 81 min
    • Top 10

    This debut from Věra Chytilová (1929-2014), one of the great innovators of Czechoslovakian cinema, is a blend of documentary and fiction about the lives of two women who at first sight appear to have little in common.

    Věra is a bored housewife with a defiant son and an unappreciative husband. She seeks an escape from the frustrations of her everyday life in an extramarital affair. The non-fiction storyline follows the successful and headstrong gymnast Eva Bosáková, who's in training for the 1962 World Championship in Prague. Her lack of motivation prompts her coach to take a tough line with her.

    With humor and empathy, the black-and-white film shows the women operating in a male-dominated culture that curtails their freedom. The refined editing, which runs one storyline into the other at unexpected moments, lends deeper significance to apparently trivial events and creates strong dynamics.

    Credits

    • 81 min
    • black and white
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: Czech
    Director
    Vera Chytilova
    Production
    Ladislav Fikar for Filmové studio Barrandov, Bohumil Smída for Filmové studio Barrandov
    Cinematography
    Jan Curík
    Editing
    Miroslav Hájek
    Sound Design
    Miloslav Hůrka

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