It is the latest work of Věra Chytilová who is one of the directors leading the Czech New Wave in the 1960s and a master of piercing social satire. Hana, a psychology scholar and the heroine, is married with a son. Many people visit her clinic and bare their worries to her. Hana is fed up with listening the worries and troubles of people longing for the satisfaction of life in love, successful family relationships, success in their careers and so on. Pleasant Moments sharply organized with fast dramatic development, vivid camera work, allegorical ending and black comical satire ends with a close-up of Hana whose laughing face shortly turns into her crying one. Hana\'s expressional mixture and confusion are associated with women’s emotional structure in Czech reality. Known for Daisies (1996) all over the world, Chytilová’s work is generally characterized by the use of \'improvisatory lines, casting of unprofessional performers, political allegory, surreal settings and no-exit endings\'. The choices of the techniques always come from Chytilován realism digging into the Czech reality. (KIM Sunah)
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Innovative and controversial, Vĕra Chytilová (born 1929) is the only significant Czech woman filmmaker and Czech cinema\'s first feminist director. She was a prominent member of the early 1960s Czech New Wave, which was influenced by cinema verite\'s objectivity and French New Wave\'s subjectivity and employed such techniques as improvised dialogue, amateur actors, allegory, surreal content, and choppy editing. In her work she has explored the troubles of contemporary society and has been harshly critical of human failings. Her selected filmography includes Daisies (1966), Fruit of Paradise (1969), The Apple Game (1976), and Prague: The Restless Heart of Europe (1984).