Though Traps is a far cry from the gleeful anarchy of Daisies and Fruit of Paradise, the exuberant energy of its swooping handheld camerawork ensures it isn't being just an illustrated companion to The S.C.U.M. Manifesto.
Chytilová transforms what sounds like a horror story on paper into a dark comedy, critiquing the petty careerism and sexism in the newly capitalist Czech Republic: even Lenka’s boyfriend betrays her. Lenka manages to fulfil her revenge fantasy, but is punished in the end, as nobody believes her claims and she’s placed in a mental institution... In Traps, Chytilová confirmed that capitalism didn’t blunt her sharp social critique one iota.