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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.

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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
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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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2 October 1944 (Sweden)  »

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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Caligula: Examples of the genitive with impersonal verbs. Kreutz?
Kreutz - Student: Miseret, paenitet, piget, pudet, taedet.
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Referenced in Idag röd (1987) See more »

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A dark insight to the human psyche
18 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Hets" is a dark insight to the human psyche, a reminiscence of the days when most teachers were petty and cruel, and going to school was a serious thing. The ingenious script, by a certain Mr.Bergman, spices up an otherwise quite predictable story. And the evil Caligula, brilliantly portrayed by Stig Järrel, is one of the best on-screen villains ever. This is all in all a very good film, and one of the best Swedish films ever made... 9/10


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