Ragnar and Frida married solely because she was pregnant. Later he would have a passionate side-affair with Rut. Rut's sexual feelings were highly neurotic because she had been sexually ...
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Ragnar and Frida married solely because she was pregnant. Later he would have a passionate side-affair with Rut. Rut's sexual feelings were highly neurotic because she had been sexually abused by her stepfather. When the chimney sweep came, she seduced him and afterward felt dirty and desperate. She found and seduced Ragnar. From the beginning she interspersed mean attacks. During the war he was drafted, but deserted. He and Rut hired a room by the chimney sweep. Soon Rut seriously stabbed Ragnar's hand with a fork and they were thrown out. But whatever Rut did, she could always "make it undone" by one word. Eventually they lived at the loft of an empty storehouse. On New Year's Eve Rut went to her mother and stepfather and demanded all cash the latter had. He gave her what was equal to four months salary for an unskilled worker. Ragnar believed she had got the money by prostitution. He left her and reported himself to the police. Rut promised to revenge herself. Ragnar was acquitted ...Written by
Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden
A neurotic paintress. A young man- husband, father, part of a gray family life. A delicate wife for who his man is the essence of life. A love story, strange game, subtle end and a script by Ingmar Bergman.
A film about desire, dreams and refuges. About the other as mirror and purpose of own existence. And the emotional cages.
A film as a diamond. Cold, fascinating, with shadows and lights, temptations and strange reflections. A sad story but , in same time, description of a moral victory. Duty versus desire and fear against protective love. Pieces of fiction and the warm of real world.
For me, this film was a special experience. Not a lesson or a good artistic result but a form of filling search. And that may be enough!
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