It's the Great Depression years of the early 1930s. Signe Wæbel can rejoice in her husband factory owner prosperity. Her two sons, Jan and Clement, worships her. Jan has jokingly once dubbed her "Pärlemor" (Mother of Pearl). They own a stone house in Östermalm. In the backyard lives Hilmer Persson and his wife and daughter Aina. Persson's drunkenness is a constant source of trouble. Wæbel sends son Jan to terminate them. He meets with Aina. They have not seen much of each other since they were both small. Jan falls immediately in love with Aina. He decides to do everything to help her. Jans mother Signe dislikes the growing love between Jan and Aina. She arranges for Aina to disappear. Jan now experiences for the first time his mother as she really is: hard, cold, unemotional and terribly selfish. He explains that he is no longer going to let her direct his life. He's going to leave her. Alongside Inga Tidblads admirable interpretation of the mother role, the film has a great asset in young Thommy Berggren as the idealistic son Jan. Bergren is not only a great movie face, intelligent, beautiful and expressive, but also has a hot temperament and already remarkable self esteem. From a novel by the Swedish author, Gösta Gustaf-Janson.
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