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Summer with Monika

Genres: Foreign, Drama, Romance, Romantic Drama, Swedish Cinema, Criterion Collection, Classics, 50s, Classic Drama

Cast: Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Synopsis: Inspired by the earthy eroticism of his muse Harriet Andersson (Through a Glass Darkly), in the first of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman (Wild Strawberries) had a major international breakthrough with this ravaging, sensual tale of young love. In Stockholm, a girl (Andersson) and boy (The Magician's Lars Ekborg) from working-class families 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 is forced to return to reality. The version originally released in the U.S. was reedited by its distributor into something more salacious, but the original SUMMER WITH MONIKA, as presented here, is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman's most important films.

Language: Swedish

Country of Origin: Sweden

Production Year: 1953

Reviews:

  • "Without a single flaw, without a single hesitation, with total lucidity in both dramatic and moral construction.", Jean-Luc Godard,
  • "Monika shows a director in absolute control of his medium and its singular expressivity.", Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Summer with Monika
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