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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.

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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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2 October 1944 (Sweden)  »

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

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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 »

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Bertha Olsson: I used to stand at the crossing, watching the trains. Don't laugh. I'd imagine myself on one of those trains one day. A sweet young woman in a bell-shaped skirt and a funny hat, with no luggage.
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Referenced in Idag röd (1987) See more »

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Terrific Swedish school melodrama!
8 February 2007 | by See 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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