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Sweden, Swedish, 83 mins

Original Title

Torst ...aka Three Strange Loves
  • Director: Ingmar Bergman
  • Writer: Herbert Grevenius; Birgit Tengroth
  • Producer: Helge Hagerman

CGiii Comment

Bergman's Sweden is bleak with marital strife...

Not one of his best...but, it definitely demonstrates the eye he later developed.

For aficionados only...it is mind-breaking work.

Best line: 'There's too much nudity in this marriage'



The(ir) Blurb...

In 1946, nervous ballet dancer Rut and her husband Bertil are returning to Sweden from his scholarship tour around Italy. In a Basle hotel room and on a train they quarrel; give food through the window to starving Germans; overhear wisdoms about marriage by Swedish clergymen returning from a conference; and finally make up. In flashbacks, Rut reminisces her romance with middle-aged officer Raoul, her subsequent abortion, and her ballet career. In a seemingly separate episode set in quiet Stockholm during Midsummer, middle-aged widow Viola is harassed first by a psychiatrist, Dr. Rosengren, and then by a lesbian old school-friend Valborg, with tragic consequences.

Cast & Characters

Eva Henning as Rut;
Birger Malmsten as Bertil;
Birgit Tengroth as Viola;
Hasse Ekman as Dr. Rosengren;
Mimi Nelson as Valborg;
Bengt Eklund as Raoul;
Gaby Stenberg as Astrid;
Naima Wifstrand as Miss Henriksson;
Carl Andersson as Man on Train;
Wiktor Andersson as Doorkeeper

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