Sailor Johannes Blom returns to his home port, after seven years at sea, to find that Sally, the girl he has been thinking of while away, is completely despondent. Seven years earlier, obstreperous Alexander Blom, brings his mistress Sally to live with him, his wife Alice, son Johannes, and crew, aboard the salvage boat he captains. Amidst all the tensions on the small boat, Johannes and Sally fall in love with each other.Written by
Director's cameo: 17'50" into the film, director Ingmar Bergman can be seen in the amusement park, watching the performance of "Kasper Teater", a marionette show. See more »
This shorter US version also omits the end of the windmill scene just as Johannes and Sally are lying down together to have sex. This 78 minute version also is missing entirely a longer scene toward the end of the film, just before Johannes leaves Sally to join the Navy, clearly indicating the two have just made love. See more »
One of Bergman's first films is one of his most interesting
But it's not one of his best. The characterizations of the film's protagonists are inconsistent from scene to scene and some of them leave a viewer with many unanswered questions (like the mother's motivations.) Beyond that, the cinematography is pretty dowdy, particularly the exterior footage.
Still, it has elements that Bergman fans will recognize from his more famous films, and it contains sequences of despair and anguish that can haunt a viewer days later. Birger Malmsten, who plays the lead character Johannes and who will be seen in several later Bergman films, is immensely likable and compelling as the hunchback son who finally stands up to his despotic father. While many of the early Bergman films are uninteresting at almost every level ("Port of Call," for instance) this one is well worth a look for the hard core Bergmaniac, if you can find it.
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