From the late, great Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová, renowned director of Daisies and Fruit of Paradise, comes this 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.
This provocative feature is presented for the first time ever in
The DVD is presented from a new anamorphic digital transfer, and also features an exclusive new essay on the film by journalist Carmen Gray.
• Presented from a new anamorphic digital transfer.
• 12-page booklet featuring a new essay by arts journalist and film critic Carmen Gray.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Available on home video for the first time in the English-speaking world.
Zuzana Stivínová – Lenka
Miroslav Donutil – Dohnal
Tomáš Hanák – Petr
Milan Lasica – Bach
Kateřina Hajná – Ingrid
Eva Holubová - Anna
Directed by Věra Chytilová
Screenplay – Věra Chytilová, Michal Lázňovský, David Vávra,
From an idea by Věra Chytilová, Eva Kačírková
Director of photography – Štěpán Kučera
Music - Jiří Chlumecký
Editor – Ivana Kačírková
Sound – Zdeněk Taubler
Art Direction - František Vokřál
Costume Design – Tereza Kučerová
Věra Chytilová's renowned films Daisies (which includes the documentary Journey/Cesta), Fruit of Paradise (which includes Chytilová's short film Ceiling) and her acclaimed debut feature Something Different (plus the short A Bagful of Fleas)
are also available.
1998 Venice Film Festival / Elvira Notari Prize - Věra Chytilová
1999 Czech Lion Award / Best Supporting Actor
- Miroslav Donutil
"A satirical epic about thuggery, impotence and sterilising the entire ruling classes" Kinoeye
"Its sense of righteous anger is undeniable, allying it with Chytilova's feminist classic Daisies"
David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Chytilova's dark nursery rhyme..."
Central European Review
"A valiant continuation of the subversive vigour that characterised her early career"
"At once scathing and increasingly hilarious - and once again broaches feminist themes whilst asking questions rather
than offering answers" Cine Vue