About the Swedish author Agnes Von Krusenstjerna (1894-1940), during her turbulent marriage with David Sprengel. In a hallucination Agnes is brought to a mental hospital in Venice, carrying her fictitious autobiography.
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About the Swedish author Agnes Von Krusenstjerna (1894-1940) during the period of her marriage to David Sprengel (1880-1941). In the hallucinatory opening sequence she is brought in a straitjacket by her husband and two psychiatric nurses through the Venice Carnival nocturnal antics to a mental hospital in the city. With her is a manuscript of her autobiography, which she calls "her child". The book is Agnes showdown with her family, and in flashbacks presented, Agnes progress from the author of innocent girls' books to serious and self-consuming novelist. Written by
Ulf Kjell Gür
Mai Zetterling apparently felt very much one with Agnes von Krusenstjerna and saw similarities in her own life. It is a pity that Zetterling wasn't able to tell her story in a very interesting way.
In the scene with the dinner on the boat I am reminded of Bergman's Fanny and Alexander, depicting happy people and the Swedish summer, young love and romance. Unfortunately, the film is only depressing after that as von Krusenstjerna becomes ill.
Stina Ekblad makes a magnificent job as the frail author and so does Erland Josephson as her husband/lover/co-author. The problem is that although they are both great actors, their lines sounds rather theatrical and unnatural.
Zetterling had the potential of making a classic movie with a great cast and I'm sorry to say that she failed.
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