Hedvig Jensen is a famous ropewalker and is known to her public as Elvira Madigan. She meets Lieutenant Sixten Sparre, a Swedish officer who is married and has two children. They both decide to run away, but since Sixten deserted the army, he cannot find any job and the couple encounters many hardships. Moreover, while on the run, Sixten meets a friend who tries to convince him to come back to his country and family. —IMDb
Swedish filmmaker Bo Widerberg is best known internationally for his impressionistic romantic drama Elvira Madigan (1967). Three of his films, All Things Fair (1996), Adalen 31 (1969), and Raven’s End (1964), have received Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Film. Widerberg started out as a novelist, but turned to filmmaking after writing Visionen i Svensk Film/Vision in Swedish Film (1962), a scathing criticism of Ingmar Bergman’s alleged monopoly of Swedish cinema. In his treatise, Widerberg argued for films containing realistic themes dealing with earthier concerns rather than the Bergmanesque tendency to address lofty abstractions on the existence of God. In hopes of creating a “new wave” in Swedish cinema, one that addressed the seething inner lives of characters rather than their neatly unified, socially progressive exteriors, Widerberg made Barnvagnen/Baby Carriage (1963), the story of a young single and pregnant woman who chooses independence over two potential suitors. It was… read more
Forget the Mozart piano concerto that haunts Elvira Madigan and gives to the film a late romantic mood and you'll see this film with a completely different eye. Widerberg is best known for his committed movies like Joe Hill or Adalen 31 and, in my opinion, Elvira Madigan is also not so politically correct. The heroine is not a young romantic girl who falls in love with a handsome captain. She's a woman who already had a lot of affairs and who convinces an army officer to desert. That's not romantic. Recommended.
their relationship is so vividly constructed, time flies like a butterfly, the romantic space is endless, their drama blows in immortality