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Summer with Monika

Sweden, Swedish, 96 mins

Original Title

Sommaren med Monika
  • Director: Ingmar Bergman
  • Writer: Per Anders Fogelström; Ingmar Bergman
  • Producer: Allan Ekelund

CGiii Comment

Bergman begins with one of the quickest courtships in cinema history. Harry and Monika are underachieving teenagers, working dead-end jobs with no career prospects. They happen to sit near each other at a local cafe. It takes no longer than a minute of conversation before Monika asks Harry to run away with him. Monika is escaping her drunken father, who beats her at night, and the sexist ogling of her chauvinist male co-workers. As for Harry, he has a feeling of not fitting in, being ridiculed for dating the town 'slut' and an overall emasculation from his peers. This kind of teenager trauma bonds the two causing them to run away like Bonnie and Clyde.

It’s the start of a long emotional and adventurous journey, which takes them to the Swedish countryside, living an idealistic life off the grid and away from the evils of society. We see Monika and Harry frolicking in the nude, making love whenever they want and living a free life.

But the calm and warmth doesn't last forever...


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Cast & Characters

Harriet Andersson as Monika;
Lars Ekborg as Harry;
Dagmar Ebbesen as Harry's aunt;
Ake Fridell as Monika's father;
Naemi Briese as Monika's mother;
Ake Gronberg as Harry's friend at work;
Sigge Furst as Porcelain warehouse worker;
John Harryson as Lelle;
Gert Fylking as The Boy - statist;
Harry Ahlin as House owner

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