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Torment (1944)
"Hets" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  2 October 1944 (Sweden)
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An idealistic adolescent, suffering under the thumb of a sadistic schoolmaster, falls in love with a loose girl who is bullied and tormented by another lover.



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Complete credited cast:
Stig Järrel ...
Alf Kjellin ...
Jan-Erik Widgren
Bertha Olsson
Olof Winnerstrand ...
The Headmaster
Gösta Cederlund ...
Hugo Björne ...
Doctor Nilsson
Olav Riégo ...
Mr. Widgren
Märta Arbin ...
Mrs. Widgren
Jan Molander ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hilda Borgström ...
Caligula's Mother (scenes deleted)
Gunnar Carlsson ...
Student (as Lars-Gunnar Carlsson)
Anna Olin ...
Aunt Elisabeth (scenes deleted)


Jan-Erik Widgren is a high-school senior. His Latin teacher, Caligula, is feared by everybody, both teachers and students. Widgren falls in love with Berta, who works in a tobacco store. She tells him that she is harassed by a mean, sadistic man, but does not tell him that it is Caligula himself. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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As assistant director, Bergman directed the final scenes of the film. See more »


When Caligula and Widgren sit in the window together towards the middle of the film, the boom mic can be seen reflected in the glass above them. See more »


Caligula: Mr.Widgren is lazy, he ignores me and my homeworks.
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Hitchcock would have loved making this!
1 February 2007 | by (Åby, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Considered as a legendary coming-of-age work for Swedish film-making, and I can clearly see why: Scripted by Ingmar Bergman, it's a psychologically intriguing drama of morals and authority abuse, with a thriller aura, that's effectively placed in a high school setting.

Two of its story- and directorial strengths are: 1. Not turning into a standard young-lovers-on-the-run melodrama as I feared along the way. The two harassed youngsters indicate romance, indeed, but are mainly portrayed as identity strugglers on the brink of adulthood. 2. Painting a believably two-dimensional portrait of the tormentor - is he sick... or just plain evil? We also get a captivating look at school & teaching methodology. Great scene in the map room!!

And by a 1944 standard, it holds a surprisingly fresh, naturally flowing dialog for my Swedish ears! Stark B&W photography that is reminiscent of Hitchcock, contributes to its emotional tension, as well. I think the old Master would have loved making this!

7 out of 10 from Ozjeppe.

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