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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.


1946 | Sweden | 93 min
  • Kris
  • Watched on Sunday Dec 13, 2020 via Criterion Channel
    B-: 4 stars (out of 5)

    Ingmar Bergman’s first feature. Landgré plays Nelly, an 18-year-old girl raised by piano-teacher Lind in a small village. Nelly—who yearns for something more—sees an escape when her estranged mother arrives to claim her. But happiness eludes Nelly in the big city, where a complex triangle forms between her, her mother, and her mother’s gigolo boyfriend.

    A modest but engrossing debut from Bergman, whose formal technique takes a back-seat to his casts’ performances. I appreciated the film’s organic plotting. The lack of Hays-Code morality stands in stark contrast to contemporary Hollywood offerings, which feel artificial in comparison.

    Confession: the day-for-night shots struck me as lazy until I realized Sweden has 18-hour summer days.