THE MOST INTIMATE LOVE STORY EVER TOLD.
Famous ballerina Marie (Maj-Britt Nilsson) receives a diary that reminds her of a romance she had in her youth; she decides to take a boat out in the Stockholm archipelago where she once met a handsome student (Birger Malmsten)… In this early Ingmar Bergman drama, most of which takes place in the ballerina’s youth, the romance itself is nothing special. But the movie is engaging enough, wisely relying on Nilsson’s charming performance and a seductive portrait of summer in Sweden (with a touch of darkness). Nilsson is convincing even as an older, wiser and sadder Marie, but the men in her life are thoroughly annoying and uninteresting.
1951-Sweden. 95 min. B/W. Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cinematography: Gunnar Fischer. Cast: Maj-Britt Nilsson (Marie), Birger Malmsten (Henrik), Alf Kjellin (David Nyström), Annalisa Ericson, Georg Funkquist, Stig Olin… Mimi Pollak, Douglas Håge, John Botvid, Julia Caesar, Torsten Lilliecrona.
Trivia: Original title: Sommarlek. Alternative title: Summer Interlude.