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About the Swedish author Agnes Von Krusenstjerna (1894-1940), during her turbulent marriage with David Sprengel. In a hallucination Agnes is brought to a mental hospital in Venice, carrying her fictitious autobiography.

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Mai Zetterling

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Mai Zetterling
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stina Ekblad ... Agnes von Krusenstjerna
Erland Josephson ... David Sprengel
Philip Zandén ... Adolf von Krusenstjerna
Lena T. Hansson ... Ava de Geer
Peter Schildt ... Gerhard Odencrantz
Catherine de Seynes Catherine de Seynes ... Eva von Krusenstjerna
Olof Thunberg ... Ernst von Krusenstjerna
Börje Ahlstedt ... Joachin Rosenhjelm
Inga Gill ... Miss Tollen
Gösta Krantz ... Felix
Anita Björk ... Arvida
Heinz Hopf ... Doctor Iller
Anja Landgré Anja Landgré ... Magnhild
Mimi Pollak ... Miss Rosenhjelm
Gunnel Broström ... Evelina Hamilton
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About the Swedish author Agnes Von Krusenstjerna (1894-1940) during the period of her marriage to David Sprengel (1880-1941). In the hallucinatory opening sequence she is brought in a straitjacket by her husband and two psychiatric nurses through the Venice Carnival nocturnal antics to a mental hospital in the city. With her is a manuscript of her autobiography, which she calls "her child". The book is Agnes showdown with her family, and in flashbacks presented, Agnes progress from the author of innocent girls' books to serious and self-consuming novelist. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

14 March 1986 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Min elskede - Amorosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Mono

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Color (Fujicolor)
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The potential was great, not the actuality
16 December 2004 | by MattiasSee all my reviews

Mai Zetterling apparently felt very much one with Agnes von Krusenstjerna and saw similarities in her own life. It is a pity that Zetterling wasn't able to tell her story in a very interesting way.

In the scene with the dinner on the boat I am reminded of Bergman's Fanny and Alexander, depicting happy people and the Swedish summer, young love and romance. Unfortunately, the film is only depressing after that as von Krusenstjerna becomes ill.

Stina Ekblad makes a magnificent job as the frail author and so does Erland Josephson as her husband/lover/co-author. The problem is that although they are both great actors, their lines sounds rather theatrical and unnatural.

Zetterling had the potential of making a classic movie with a great cast and I'm sorry to say that she failed.


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