Hallstein and Sissel live with their parents on a small farm. That spring night they will be alone at home for the first time while their parents are in a funeral in another village. But ...
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Hallstein and Sissel live with their parents on a small farm. That spring night they will be alone at home for the first time while their parents are in a funeral in another village. But when they are about to eat supper, there is a knock at the door. Outside stands a foreign family who need help. Their car has broken down and a young woman among them will give birth. They need space, beds and a midwife. Eventually they will have conflicts with them. Written by
I haven't a clue as to the plot, the meaning of the movie, or what any character is really doing. But it should be noted that this film is unique, as far as I have ever seen in 60-some years of watching movies (I am 67), in that it contains an actual human labor and birth. How far from Hollywood is that?
It is possible, nay, probable, that dozens of documentary films exist, in one context or another, if one searched for them, in which a woman gives birth.
But I wasn't searching for any such filmic event. I had just watched a clip in which an Oklahoma State Representative had stated that rape and incest were the will of God.
When the "watch next" icons appeared after this disturbing clip, they contained a large number of icons in which incest was mentioned.
Curious, I picked this one, an obvious full length film. I have no idea why the icon was labeled "incest," when the film is clearly named "Varnatt," or "Spring Night."
If I was to speculate about the important thread through this film, it would be the education of a small boy, maybe 10 years old, who is present through the entire film, but what he learns, or even what his name is, are beyond my ability to discover.
Perhaps there is a copy of this 1976 film somewhere with English subtitles, I should very much like to see it.
Varnatt has a Bergmanesque cinema verite feel. I have never seen anything more real than the birth of a child in a film that theoretically was made for some viewing market's entertainment.
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