A moving colour film that in somewhat sketchy scenes describes the morning activities of a tentative young pair of lovers.
Even in this early short, Andersson proved to be a master at portraying the drama of the quotidian. A minimalistic study of waking up on the wrong side of the bed, To Fetch a Bike shows two young lovers getting ready for a new day. Before the boyfriend can head to work, he must first fetch his bike from the attic with the help of his genuinely grumpy, monosyllabic girlfriend. –MOMA NYC
ROY ANDERSSON (born 1943) started his film career with short films „Visiting Your Son” (1967) and „Getting the Bike” (1968). You will see both of them also in Sleepwalkers. Andersson’s first feature was „A Swedish Love Story” (1970), where the young Andersson gave a deep look into the world of love. This film won in Berlinale four prizes and was very successful amongst the audience. His next film „Gilliap” (1976) was black comedy with a very serious style. After that Andersson quit with films and made only advertisements.
In 1981 Andersson created his own company and explained that he wanted to be free in his creation. After that he made many very special and successful ads, which won all together eight Golden Lions in Cannes.
In 1987 he made a short film about AIDS „Something Happened”. This film was supposed to be shown in Swedish schools, but was denied, as it was too shocking.
In his next film „World of Glory” (1991) Andersson went even futher with his serious… read more
Before making his feature debut with the utterly charming and beguiling A Swedish Love Story Andersson cut his teeth with the short film format, of which this is a prime example. It's pure simplicity and extremely minimalist as we see a pair of young lovers wake up and have breakfast before leaving the room and going their separate ways, the boy on his bicycle and his grumpy, monosyllabic girlfriend on foot. Lovely..
Through their routine morning acts, we can know or imagine a lot about their relationship and each one's personality and mood. - You never say anything. - What do you want me to say? - I don't know. Their "goodbye" without words is meaningful. I especially like his gesture "playing" with her hair and how she waits till he is out of sight.