Summer With Monika
Rated Parental Guidance (Coarse Language, Nudity, Violence) ~ Runs 96 minutes
Dir.: Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1953
Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg, Dagmar Ebbesen
In Swedish with English subtitles
Part of The Charlottetown Film Society & L’Ipéen film series.
Tickets at the door, cash only, all seats $10.(2 for $15 with Summer Interlude July 27)
Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough with this sensual and ultimately ravaging tale of young love. A girl (Andersson) and a boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families in Stockholm run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer at the beach. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair are forced to return to reality. The version initially released in the U.S. was reedited by its distributor into something more salacious, but the original Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika), presented here, is a work of stunning maturity and one of Bergman’s most important films. "Her long, cinematic close-up in which she seems to stare directly at the audience, almost daring it to pass judgment on her behavior, is alone worth the price of admission." - Andrew Sarris