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Sommaren med Monika (Original Title)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden | 1953 | 97 minutes
In Swedish | English Subtitles | Rating: 18+
Synopsis: Inspired by the extraordinary Harriet Andersson, in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this unsentimental and ultimately ravaging tale of young love. A girl (Harriet Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families in Stockholm run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach, far from parents and responsibilities. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair are forced to return to reality. The atmospheric visuals by Gunnar Fischer, Bergman’s cameraman of choice in the 1950s, effectively contrast the airy, idyllic, seaside locales of the couple’s summer passion with the darker, drabber realities of their working-class life in the city. The original Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika), presented here, is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman’s most important films.