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The Indelicate Balance -- A prolonged stay at his attractive and overbearing mother's home prompts Harald and his Karin to question their relationship, ultimately driving Karin into the arms of another woman.


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A prolonged stay at his attractive and overbearing mother's home prompts Harald and his Karin to question their relationship, ultimately driving Karin into the arms of another woman. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Ittla Frodi ... Lena Ericsson
Kim Anderzon ... Karin
Jim Steffe ... Harald Ericsson
Louise Tillberg ... Gunnell Ericsson
Peter Kneip ... Gösta (unconfirmed)
Bo Högberg ... Thomas Ericsson
Ulla Danielsson ... Ingrid

Directed by
Joseph W. Sarno 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joseph W. Sarno  writer

Produced by
J. Arthur Elliot .... producer
Lea J. Kane .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Jan Lindeström 
Bruce G. Sparks 
Film Editing by
Ingemar Ejve 
Set Decoration by
Rolf Larsson 
Lars Wallén 
Peggy Steffans (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Vera Nilsson 
Peggy Steffans (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Britt Falkemo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Rune Hjelm .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Inga-Lisa Britz .... assistant director (as Inga-Liza Britz)
Sound Department
Yngve Andersson .... sound
Håkan Strandberg .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Helena Englesson .... camera operator
Henry Mattsson .... lighting technician
Other crew
Gunilla Bodin .... assistant to producer

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88 min (DVD version)
Color | Black and White (title sequence)

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Although rated by the MPAA, there is no evidence that this film was ever theatrically released.See more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Sarno Meets Bergman, 13 February 2007
Author: babycarrot67 from Columbus, Ohio

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Sarno made this credible, and incredibly erotic film in early 1969 Sweden. There is very little nudity in the film, though Sarno has said that the one print known to exist, currently released on DVD as a "bonus feature" in the United States, is missing footage. Sarno made a fine film the following year ("Daddy Darling") about a young woman's incestuous desire for her father, and in "The Indelicate Balance" Sarno reverses the sexes by telling the story of a mother who is sexually attracted to her adult son, who has just returned home after four years of absence, now married and seemingly happy, but certainly not without Sarno's type of emotional baggage. The rest of the family, with the exception of the son's new bride, knows of the incestuous situation, but of course nothing is done about the matter until the tensions have built to an intense, drama-filled climax.

If Sarno set out to make an erotic film that rivaled Bergman, he could not have done a better job. The acting by the entire cast is excellent -- none of these actors seem to have been in any other Sarno film. While the indoor scenes were shot in studio, the exteriors were shot on Swedish farmland in the middle of a very harsh winter, and the endless snowfalls and cold adds an even more claustrophobic feeling to a film that, from the start, is rife with tension and uneasiness. Although I haven't gone into very much detail about the plot, there isn't much more to tell, just a true-to-life story of family tensions that are probably all-too-real and could be going on today in any home in your neighborhood. Once again Sarno proves he can make an intelligent, erotic, respectable film that deserves its re-release. The print on DVD seems to be from several sources -- the font of the subtitles is different in some scenes than in others -- and the print is damaged and choppy in spots, but again this is the only version known to exist, so we must relish this diamond-in-the-rough that only Sarno could have cut.

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