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Luis García Berlanga
José Luis López Vázquez,
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John is a shipmaster on a very small transportation boat which regularly attends a very small harbour to buy food, actually from Anna's father. She is a waitress and has a young daughter. She tells John that her name is Anita. They have met many times, but their first personal meeting is when both are swimming in early morning. John is asked to have morning coffee with Anna's family. He invites her and her child to a trip to Zoo in Copenhagen. Both have genuine feelings for each other. There are lovely three-some scenes when John is proud of "being" a father, and beautiful love scenes. Christina Schollin's naked body is cute but never obtrusive. But at that time girls were depreciated if they "gave in" too soon. So these scenes repeatedly alternate with hot misunderstandings, well-known exactly when two people with genuine feelings fear misunderstandings and try to preclude them. In the last minutes of the movie, when each has left the "harbour village" on the next day, and John has ... Written by
Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden
Love story of all times, dramaturgy before its time
"Käre John" had its premiere when I was a school boy. I remember much talk about its nude scenes. Sweden was renowned for that kind in those days. That made me never want to see the film. I'm glad I didn't, not even when I was 15 and could. I'm glad because I was too unexperienced to understand the love story. To-day the film would be allowed to all ages here (but is - of course - of no interest to too young ones), the nude scenes are nothing but perfectly natural settings.
I'm surprised over how modern the whole film seems: the actors act naturally
not theatrically (and very good), the script is just as good. Most
notable is the odd jumping to and fro in the chronology of the story. That must have been much before the time the film was set in, 1964.
In short: a good depiction of a simple story we all can recognize ourselves in.
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