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Summer Interlude (1951)

Sommarlek (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 26 October 1954 (USA)
A lonely woman recalls her first love thirteen years prior during a brief summer vacation.


Ingmar Bergman
2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Maj-Britt Nilsson ... Marie
Birger Malmsten ... Henrik
Alf Kjellin ... David Nyström
Annalisa Ericson ... Kaj, ballet dancer
Georg Funkquist ... Uncle Erland
Stig Olin ... Ballet Master
Mimi Pollak ... Mrs. Calwagen, Henrik's aunt
Renée Björling ... Aunt Elisabeth
Gunnar Olsson ... The Priest


While waiting for the night rehearsal of the ballet Swan Lake, the lonely twenty-eight year-old ballerina Marie receives a diary through the mail. She travels by ferry to an island nearby Stockholm, where she recalls her first love Henrik. Thirteen years ago, while traveling to spend her summer vacation with her aunt Elisabeth and her uncle Erland, Marie meets Henrik in the ferry and sooner they fall in love for each other. They spend summer vacation together when a tragedy separates them and Marie builds a wall affecting her sentimental life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The most INTIMATE love story ever told See more »


Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The film has a 100% rating based on reviews from 8 critics on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »


The shadow of a boom mic is visible in two scenes - once near the beginning of the film in the office of the dance studio, and once in the cramped lake house. See more »


Marie: I'd like to cry all this week and next. Cry away all my shabbiness and all the wasted time. Funny... I can't seem to cry. If I really search inside myself I'm actually... happy!
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Alternate Versions

When the film was released in the United States in 1954 its distributor spliced in unrelated scenes of bathing that were filmed at a nudist colony in Long Island. See more »


Edited into Apples of Love (2001) See more »


Swan Lake
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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My rating: 8
8 September 2013 | by kekcaSee all my reviews

Love story perfectly told. Life story perfectly told.

First of all I was angry watching the to lovers being enormously happy. It was so unreal and idealistic that I said to myself - you can see this only in movies. The two lovers were talking the strange language of love that makes them fool around and boost. That makes them feel the need to show off and to be something more. That naive language of their naive youth.

Suddenly this romantic cloud was blown away and this movie become more realistic, lifely realistic. Yeah, it was trivial but told in Bergman's way it was also very beautiful and true. It showed the change that we all live trough the language that is familiar but we do not speak any more, the things in life and the life caught in the walls of self preservation, senselessness and absurd where the only one escape is the ultimate love - the only reality.


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Release Date:

26 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Illicit Interlude See more »


Box Office


SEK434,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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