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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stig Järrel ...
Caligula
Alf Kjellin ...
Jan-Erik Widgren
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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)
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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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The Latin teacher Caligula is based on the Latin teacher Sjögren in Lågor i dunklet (1942) also played by Stig Järrel. See more »

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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 »

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Caligula: Cheating, my good sir, cheating!
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An intriguing, though not perfect, must-see
4 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The new eclipse series by the Criterion Collection is great for bringing cinephiles everywhere the opportunity to see films like this. The film is not perfect nor does it entirely submerge the viewer, but for a real fan of cinema, or more particularly Bergman, you can ask for nothing more. The film reveals Bergman's roots, it has his signature dark, brooding characters and themes, desolate landscapes, if not, at times, his own imagistic stamp.

The story, however, is maybe the engaging side of mediocrity. The film draws you into the downward spiral of the main characters (the central focus of the story) without making the world seem hopeless and desolate. But it doesn't reach the pre-poop-your-pants euphoria it seems to promise. It's almost there, but doesn't really ever clinch it.

The spiral of these characters is hidden within the world of the film. The torment, is silent, removed, intricate. The film is not what I expected from the early Bergman collection, and is not perfect, but is well worth the rent, for it's politics of the body, insight into Bergman's work and a subtle story that shames American suspense's absurdity, it's over-the-top plot structures, and its star driven sales. It's real, dark, flawed yet engaging. Worth a viewing or two.


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