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Summer with Monika Rated PG

Summer with Monika

Dir. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden, 1958. 1h 38m. Swedish/subs. Starring Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg, Dagmar Ebbesen, Åke Fridell, Naemi Briese, Åke Grönberg, Sigge Fürst, John Harryson.

Andersson is astonishing, in her first film with Bergman, as the irrepressible 17-year-old in love with both Harry – a year older but more circumspect – and her freedom: even when she finds she’s pregnant, she’s reluctant to abandon their idyll in the archipelago for routine Stockholm. Tender, sensuous, never judgmental, the film counterpoints its realistically sober ending with Monika’s calmly unrepentant gaze to the camera.

’Subtle but sharply observed, it remains one of Bergman's most watchable and rewarding dramas.’ Jon Fortgang, Film4

'His first film with Andersson shows a developing ability to probe the psychology of a rich, vital woman without losing his objectivity’ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader