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21 February 2019: Traps


Vera Chytilová, 1998, 116 min
Czech with English subtitles

A daring black comedy of violence, violation and veterinary practice. A vet, Lenka, after being raped by two men, uses her particular expertise to exact her revenge. Chytilová was a filmmaker with a deserved reputation as provocateur and philosopher and Traps is an enquiry by both "victim" and filmmaker on the social structures and attitudes which condone such a violation. Tragic and comic, wild and angry, the film presents an unique view of contemporary society where warped morality, greed and twisted masculine attitudes are commonplace and unchallenged.

Part of our season on Vera Chytilová