Perhaps it is egregiously hackneyed to refer to old movies as forward-looking, but I mean, Christ, come on! SOMETHING DIFFERENT is hacking a new path w/ a machete-shaped caméra-stylo! The first thing we have to do is discard the pantomime of Cold War polarities (Marcuse-style) and just accede that the tendency of "rational" societies is to put women in boxes. Chytilová looks in boxes, practically invents inspection.
An excellent debut feature by Chytilova which deserves to rank among the finest debut features. Whilst not as visually inventive as the astonishing films that would shortly follow (The Restaurant The World, Daisies and Fruit of Paradise), Chytilova ensures that every shot remains cinematographically interesting to the viewer. Its probably Chytilova's most humane film too. A must watch for Chytilova fans.
One of these documentary-style nearly plotless things the Czechs were so fond of in the '60s. The lives of two women observed and compared: a housewife who alleviates her domestic bliss with an affair with a younger man and a champion gymnast as she goes through her rigorous training session. Has a way of lodging in the mind: I liked it more on reflection than while watching it.