Two adolescents meet and cautiously fall in love at the peak of an idyllic Swedish summer. Oblivious to social boundaries, they innocently create their own milieu in contrast to the distorted relationships and disillusionment of the adult world around them.
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A tender, sensitive and beautiful teen love story, with undercurrents of eccentricity and tension. The pointedly Swedish mix of Elvira Madigan softness, Bergmanesque angst and Andersson's own stabs of satire and wit leave it up in the air as to which tendency will win out. A remarkable film, anyway.
Actually, love means never having to say much of anything, at least according to Andersson's debut, in which a pair of dewey-souled spring chicks gets by on colloquies comprised of hums, chuckles, coos, and other close-cuddle cluckings. As embedded by Andersson in an all-show, no-tell tale of two middle-class families pervaded by status anxiety and loneliness, it serves as a kind of salute to human consolation.
I thought this film would simply be the story of a pair of young lovers coming up against opposition from disapproving parents. Instead it charts their tentative blossoming romance with it's very realistic mixture of awkwardness and joy and juxtaposes that with their parents' and older relations' dissatisfaction and sense of imprisonment in failed lives with unfulfilled hopes and dreams.
There are moments in this film as beautiful as anything I've seen in film, but they're unfortunately followed by a less-than-spectacular story of a crumbling marriage that takes up much of the last twenty minutes. Why? To show us that the blisteringly twee love of youth will never last? Fuck off, Andersson. I just want to watch these kids smoke and bask in the fact that nothing lies beyond their pale, young bodies.
you can see sparks of brilliance in directing, writting and editing in this cold and harsh critique of sweden. but it's the kids love story that slows down the movie and makes it less interesting. a movie that i think did the matter of sad grown people couple contrasted by a happy young couple is Moonrise Kingdom which would come out 40 years afterwards