Berit, a suicidal young woman living in a working-class port town, unexpectedly falls for Gösta, a sailor on leave. Haunted by a troubled past and held in a tight grip by her domineering mother, Berit begins to hope that her relationship with Gösta might save her from self-destruction.
এই ফিল্মটি এখন প্লে না করা হলেও অন্য 30টি অসাধারণ ফিল্ম MUBI তে দেখানো হচ্ছে। এখন কী দেখানো হচ্ছে তা জানতে এখন দেখানো হচ্ছে এ যান
Films about errant youth have traditionally been cautionary tales w/ an explicitly conservative pedigree. PORT OF CALL, an Ingmar Bergman from the forties, a period of constant reinvention, upsets the tradition by forcefully situating the characters in their blighted socioeconomic contexts. It is the social apparatus that is scorned, Bergman habitually demonstrating the upmost reverence for he or she who suffers.
I'm inclined to like any film which opens with a suicide attempt, but it really is all here: familial abuse, histories of trauma and shame, the cruelty of men, what it means to know and love someone with (and for) all their baggage. This one hits close to home.
It's certainly dated - but Bergman uses melodrama brilliantly to lead us through a tale lamenting the mistreatment of women and the mentally ill (and especially mentally ill women!) So far this is the most compelling film from the beginning of Bergman's career that I've seen, and the photography is stunning.
Nine-Christine Jonsson was excellent as Berit, a conflicted and horribly distraught young girl constantly at odds with her circumstances. I really got tied up in this film and the emotional journey of Berit. Her loneliness is so palpable. Recommended. Think I might have to buy the Early Bergman box set from Criterion now.
It's roughly the same story that was told in 'It Rains on Our Love' (1946). Two lovers must struggle to have their relation accepted by society. Berit, just out of the reformatory, is longing for someone who'll accept the fact that she already had numerous lovers and Gösta wants to give a sense to his life after having spent his last 8 years at sea. Not bad but already forgotten though.
The film may take viewers through a number of highs and lows, but there's always a hint of optimism, stemming from the fact that Berit has youth on her side. It's not always easy to see, behind the obfuscation of Berit's own mindset while she views her current situation as a hopeless one, but it's always there. Or maybe that's just me. Maybe there's a small gap into which you can slide in some of your own baggage.