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Torment (1944)

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An idealistic adolescent, suffering under the thumb of a sadistic schoolmaster, falls in love with a loose girl who is bullied and tormented by another lover.

Director:

Alf Sjöberg

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stig Järrel ... Caligula
Alf Kjellin ... Jan-Erik Widgren
Mai Zetterling ... Bertha Olsson
Olof Winnerstrand ... The Headmaster
Gösta Cederlund ... Pippi
Hugo Björne ... Doctor Nilsson
Olav Riégo Olav Riégo ... Mr. Widgren
Märta Arbin ... Mrs. Widgren
Jan Molander ... Pettersson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hilda Borgström ... Caligula's Mother (scenes deleted)
Gunnar Carlsson Gunnar Carlsson ... Student (as Lars-Gunnar Carlsson)
Anna Olin Anna Olin ... Aunt Elisabeth (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Jan-Erik Widgren is a high-school senior. His Latin teacher, Caligula, is feared by everybody, both teachers and students. Widgren falls in love with Berta, who works in a tobacco store. She tells him that she is harassed by a mean, sadistic man, but does not tell him that it is Caligula himself. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Latin

Release Date:

2 October 1944 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Torment See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Latin teacher Caligula is based on the Latin teacher Sjögren in Hasse Ekman's Lågor i dunklet (1942), also played by Stig Järrel. See more »

Goofs

When Caligula and Widgren sit in the window together towards the middle of the film, the boom mic can be seen reflected in the glass above them. See more »

Quotes

Sandman - Student: When you turn over a stone, you find nasty creatures underneath. Caligula isn't a genuine swine. He's a nasty little venomous creep.
Jan-Erik Widgren: I don't believe a person can be all evil.
Sandman - Student: You're still an adolescent. Just wait. You'll see how rotten everything is.
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Referenced in Svart Lucia (1992) See more »

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Terrific Swedish school melodrama!
8 February 2007 | by romdalSee all my reviews

An early board school tragedy foreshadowing the likes of If… and the Danish Det forsømte forår. Written by Bergman and directed flawlessly by Alf Sjöberg, it is the grim story of sensitive gymnasiast Widgren, who falls in love with charming but haunted Bertha (mai Zetterling at 19 years of age). A dark secret connects Bertha with the sadistic Latin teacher Caligula. The movie is extremely sincere, with ominous shadows and sharp light exposing Bertha and Widgren's tormented souls. Tensions are sky-high, and one senses that the drama will be the death of one or the other. I think I maybe saw this as a teenager, or is it just because archetypical school movie themes are played out here for the first time, and to perfection? I can hardly recommend this gem too much, I will probably upgrade it on next viewing.


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