7.5/10
2,473
22 user 19 critic

Torment (1944)

Hets (original title)
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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crisis (1946)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A small-town piano teacher is shocked by the arrival of her foster daughter's real mother, whose young lover soon follows and causes further disruption.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Inga Landgré, Stig Olin, Marianne Löfgren
Till glädje (1950)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two violinists playing in the same orchestra fall in love and get married, but they can't get along.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Stig Olin, Birger Malmsten
Port of Call (1948)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A suicidal factory girl out of reformatory school, anxious to escape her overbearing mother, falls in love with a sailor who can't forgive her past.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Nine-Christine Jönsson, Bengt Eklund, Mimi Nelson
Thirst (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A needy couple in a bad marriage travel back to Stockholm after a trip to Italy. Meanwhile, a widow resists seductions from two different persons - her psychiatrist and a lesbian friend.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Eva Henning, Birger Malmsten, Birgit Tengroth
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Maggi meets David after having missed her train, and they spend the night together. Penniless, the young lovers break into a summer cottage. The owner, Håkansson, offers to rent it to them,... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Barbro Kollberg, Birger Malmsten, Gösta Cederlund
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In Sweden, the upper-class pianist Bengt Vyldeke suffers an accident in the military drill and becomes blind. He returns to the house of his aunt Beatrice Schröder and is initially ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Mai Zetterling, Birger Malmsten, Olof Winnerstrand
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Sailor Johannes Blom returns to his home port, after seven years at sea, to find that Sally, the girl he has been thinking of while away, is completely despondent. Seven years earlier, ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Holger Löwenadler, Anna Lindahl, Birger Malmsten
Prison (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A movie director is approached by his old math teacher with a great movie idea: the Devil declares that the Earth is hell. The director rejects the idea, but subsequent events in the life ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Doris Svedlund, Birger Malmsten, Eva Henning
Kvinnodröm (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Stockholm, the fashion photographer Susanne Frank misses her married lover Henrik Lobelius that lives in Gothenburg with his wife and children, and the naive twenty years old model Doris... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After 15 years of marriage, David and Marianne have grown apart. David has had an affair with a patient of his and Marianne has got herself involved with her former lover Carl-Adam, who's ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Gunnar Björnstrand, Yvonne Lombard
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Rakel, Marta, Karin and Annette are married to four brothers. While waiting in a summer cottage for their husbands to come home, they tell each other stories about their marriages. Rakel ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Anita Björk, Eva Dahlbeck, Maj-Britt Nilsson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

While waiting for the night rehearsal of the ballet Swan Lake, the lonely twenty-eight year-old ballerina Marie receives a diary through the mail. She travels by ferry to an island nearby ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten, Alf Kjellin
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stig Järrel ...
Alf Kjellin ...
Jan-Erik Widgren
...
Bertha Olsson
Olof Winnerstrand ...
The Headmaster
Gösta Cederlund ...
Pippi
Hugo Björne ...
Doctor Nilsson
Olav Riégo ...
Mr. Widgren
Märta Arbin ...
Mrs. Widgren
Jan Molander ...
Pettersson
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)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Prize Winning Sensation of Two Continents!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 October 1944 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Torment  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In his second autobiography "Images: My Life in Film", Ingmar Bergman describes the filming of the exteriors as his actual film directorial debut: "When the film was virtually done, I made my debut as a movie director...[the] final scene shows Kjellin in the light of dawn, walking towards the awakening city. I was told to shoot these last exteriors, since Sjöberg was otherwise engaged. They were my first professionally filmed images. I was more excited that I can describe." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jan-Erik Widgren: I'm going to write and play the violin all the time, once I'm out of that hellish place.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Svart Lucia (1992) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Terrific Swedish school melodrama!
8 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

An early board school tragedy foreshadowing the likes of If… and the Danish Det forsømte forår. Written by Bergman and directed flawlessly by Alf Sjöberg, it is the grim story of sensitive gymnasiast Widgren, who falls in love with charming but haunted Bertha (mai Zetterling at 19 years of age). A dark secret connects Bertha with the sadistic Latin teacher Caligula. The movie is extremely sincere, with ominous shadows and sharp light exposing Bertha and Widgren's tormented souls. Tensions are sky-high, and one senses that the drama will be the death of one or the other. I think I maybe saw this as a teenager, or is it just because archetypical school movie themes are played out here for the first time, and to perfection? I can hardly recommend this gem too much, I will probably upgrade it on next viewing.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Blue Velvet seroe
March 27th on DVD odeur_de_la_papaye_verte
Discuss Torment (1944) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?