A small picturesque town at the turn of the century. The conservative moral of the townspeople is shaken when they find out that the school teacher Franzén published his own poetry ... See full summary »
A small picturesque town at the turn of the century. The conservative moral of the townspeople is shaken when they find out that the school teacher Franzén published his own poetry anonymously many years ago. At the same time he acknowledges his love affair with a waitress at the city hotel, Fanny. What is most upsetting is the fact that Fanny has a grownup daughter, Anna, with no known father. Could their poet teacher be the father although he and Fanny are not married? Written by
The movie was written by Ingmar Bergman, but directed by Alf Kjellin. From 1961, it falls between Glass Darkly and Winter Lights, so one can imagine how Bergman would have had great fun writing this, while not intending to direct it in that period. It is a fresh, satirical comedy about petty bourgeois covert romance and social barriers. The direction is quirky, fun, but uneven, with several dead or awkward passages. Altogether very pleasant though. The story entails the secret year-long romance between a small town teacher and a waitress, taking place at a time when the waitress already has a 20-year old daughter which no one knows who has fathered. Bergman fans are into a real treat with Bergman superstars Gunnar Björnstrand and Bibi Andersson, and also minor Bergmanians Stig Järrel and Kristina Adolphsson. Björnstrand is the teacher, sporting an improbable moustache (did he have moustache in any Bergman movies?). And male Bergmaniacs better braise themselves for the sight of Bibi Andersson as the daughter, at the age of 26, in COLOUR! Not wanting to venture into borderline sexism, let me only say that just her hair color is an incredible golden/pearl white that cannot really compared with anything else in the world, but goes extremely well with her immensely blue eyes and... well 'nuff said, you should be ready to sell a family member to see this movie just once.
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