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Eric Soya's '17' (1965)

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In the summer of 1913, 17-year-old Jacob (Ole Soltoft), a Danish high school student, lives in the frustrating limbo between boyhood and manhood. He worries about his excessive focus on ... See full summary »


Annelise Meineche


Soya (novel), Bob Ramsing




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ole Søltoft ... Jacob Petersen
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Vibeke
Emil Hass Christensen Emil Hass Christensen ... Prof. Latour Petersen
Ole Monty Ole Monty ... Jacob's Uncle
Bodil Steen Bodil Steen ... Jacob's Aunt
Lily Broberg Lily Broberg ... Frk. Rosegod
Arthur Jensen Arthur Jensen ... Konduktøren
Henry Nielsen Henry Nielsen ... Stationsforstanderen
Annie Birgit Garde Annie Birgit Garde ... Girl on Train
Susanne Heinrich Susanne Heinrich ... Hansigne
Ingolf David Ingolf David ... Pharmacist
Jørgen Kiil Jørgen Kiil ... Dr. Irving Mogensen
Hugo Herrestrup Hugo Herrestrup ... Knud
Lise Rosendahl Lise Rosendahl ... Sophie
Jytte Abildstrøm Jytte Abildstrøm ... Frk. Steinkop


In the summer of 1913, 17-year-old Jacob (Ole Soltoft), a Danish high school student, lives in the frustrating limbo between boyhood and manhood. He worries about his excessive focus on masturbation and, although he is aware of the sexual overtures by the housemaid Sophie (Lise Rosendahl), he doesn't know how to respond to her. He is invited to spend his vacation at the summer house of his wealthy uncle (Ole Monty). At the summer house in an idyllic coastal town, he meets his uncle, aunt (Bodil Steen), free-spirited housemaid Hansigne (Susanne Heinrich), virginal housekeeper Rosegod (Lily Broberg), and his dream-girl cousin Vibeke (Ghita Nørby). He is also pursued by his uncle's employee (Ingolf David), who tries to seduce him. While the uncle is off on a fishing trip and the aunt spends the night in town with her lover, He has his first sexual experience with Vibeke-an awkward encounter. Afterwards, when Vibeke leaves for school, he spends his nights with Hansigne-a joyful, ... Written by lament

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6 September 1965 (Denmark) See more »

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Indescribably crude slice of Danish humor
7 December 2004 | by frentzenSee all my reviews

An indescribably crude slice of Danish humor that shocked the prudes in the U.S. in 1967, complete with male and female nudity (including a brief female "full frontal" shot), all of which kept the film in "art house" venues. The plot has a virginal schoolboy Jacob (played by a somewhat overaged-looking Ole Soltoft) visiting relatives for summer and within one month goes from innocence to satyriasis. The family maid attempts to seduce him, and he is drawn into his own sexual awakening by his cousin, in the only truly erotic sequence of the movie, which comes in the final ten minutes or so. ERIC SOYA'S 17 is not subtle, either. It plays as a slapstick comedy and it seems that the actors were instructed to mug and roll their eyes as much as possible. There is even a syrupy title song, "Seventeen," sung in Ed Ames style to an ersatz 101 Strings accompaniment. That said, the film will not appeal to viewers raised on 1980s-style sex comedies, as ERIC SOYA'S 17 is slow-moving and "arty" in the manner of most 1960s cinematic erotica.

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