This Swedish sex-comedy/drama explores the complications in the relationship of a couple who believe that if they make love to each other, they will die. They neck and are physically ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Börje Ahlstedt ...
Richard
Margaretha Bergström
Rolf Björling ...
Singer
Sven Björling
Gösta Bredefeldt
Margaretha Byström ...
Lillemor (as Margareta Byström)
Sven-Axel Carlsson
Barbro Ericsson
Nina Gaines
Hans Johansson ...
Singer
Rolf Jupither ...
Singer
Ingegärd Käll ...
Singer
Frej Lindqvist ...
Sture
Jan-Olof Strandberg ...
The Priest
Solveig Ternström ...
Maja
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This Swedish sex-comedy/drama explores the complications in the relationship of a couple who believe that if they make love to each other, they will die. They neck and are physically affectionate in public as well as in private, but have a big taboo against sexual consummation. Their situation drives them to distraction, and they unsuccessfully seek various extramarital outlets for their frustrations. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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25 October 1971 (Sweden)  »

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Till Sex Do Us Part  »

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SEK 864,360 (Sweden)
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The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1971 by the BBFC. See more »

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Referenced in Playboy: The Story of X (1998) See more »

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Offbeat Sjoman film, needs reviving
20 July 2010 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Vilgot Sjoman is a major director who, like so many others from previous eras, has been largely discarded by film buffs. This is one of his strangest films and is long overdue for video exposure to a new generation.

I saw the film in 1974 during its brief NYC run and amongst thousands of ephemeral pictures this is one that lingers in my memory. Sjoman had already made his way into the history books with I AM CURIOUS, but this strange & sexy black comedy is unique - a sex film cast with opera singers! Since sex films, or at least films containing sex (e.g., BASIC INSTINCT), have a bias towards beautiful people of certain body types, the notion of using both male & female opera performers has got to be up there with the wackiest. Almost like Ken Russell's use of motley rock stars in LISZTOMANIA. But Sjoman's Rabelasian approach benefits from the gimmick, and these particular opera doyens let the maestro have uninhibited, softcore performances.

Sjoman was always fencing with screen taboos, and this film is no exception, but I remember it being a funny, lusty experience. I'm sure the pendulum will swing back one day, and instead of the current list of darlings, a crop of more perceptive film buffs will come along and rediscover the temporarily forgotten all-time Greats & innovators including Sjoman, Teshigahara, Peter Watkins, Jancso, Makavejev, Albicocco, Torre-Nilsson, Rocha and Jarva, to name just a few, who once thrilled us art-house generation fans.


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