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Eva is a gymnast, training for an important competition after which she wants to drop the career of professional sportswoman. Věra is a housewife caring for a four-year old son and a husband. The two women do not know each other, but still have many things in common - they both are in their thirties, and both have found themselves in the whirligig of day-to-day stereotypes which make them worn out and disgusted. Věra tries to solve her dissatisfaction with life by finding a lover, Eva is forced by her husband, her coach and a ballet master to carry on with her endless training for competition.
CHYTILOVÁ’s first feature-length film Something Different parallels two different kinds of women, who lead two different lives. Eva, a gymnast (played by Eva BOSÁKOVÁ a real-life gymnast in a national team) sacrifices her interests and personal life for her career as an athlete, but is unable to free herself from skepticism. She finally wins at the Olympics, but only to find herself still waiting for the day of compensation. Vera, a housewife who devotes herself to her husband and child, is unable to find satisfaction from her domestic life. She tries to find renewed life by having an affair, but it doesn’t satiate her. The film follows the course of where their dreams for ‘something different from the present’ can’t go any further and as a result, they must return to their normal lives. Eva goes back to the gym, and Vera stays with her family. Something Different makes its feminist statement by illustrating the fact that these women’s constraints and restrictions are not very different although each woman lives in a different reality under different conditions. Through emphasizing their seemingly different lives, they can choose to be ‘something different’ depending on the principles of life that they decide on: domination or subordination, exploration or conformation. (JOO You-shin)
Věra CHYTILOVÁVěra CHYTILOVÁ
Director and screenplay writer, born in Ostrava in 1929. From the beginning of her career, Věra CHYTILOVÁ’s works were daring and original. Her talent to observe ordinary, everyday things in an unconventional way and from unexpected angles, made her different from the general run of film directors. Her major works include A Bagful of Fleas, Something Different, Pearls of the Deep, Fruit of Paradise and The Apple Game, which were screened and awarded at a number of festivals. Věra CHYTILOVÁ is the one of the representative figures in Czech film and is also known as the leader of the ‘Czech New Wave’ of the sixties.