Stig is a 15 year old pupil on the verge of adulthood. Viola is 37 years old and his teacher. He is attracted by her beauty and maturity. She is drawn to him by his youth and innocence, a god-sent relief from her drunk and miserable husband.
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I'm not an expert in the work of Bo Widerberg but I've been encouraged to explore. This film is a realistic chronicle of a teenage boy during the wwii, about its ruinous existence, his thirst of knowledges but also his first love relationship and its desillusion. Widerberg plays the card of realism to the extreme, being slightly archetypal, melodramatic The beauty of things lie in poetry, its missing here.
Une œuvre scandinave lourdement décevante par l'énorme accumulation de scènes souvent inabouties voire inutiles, la constante lourdeur de son traitement cinématographique, le simplisme et l'irréalité psychologique de ses principaux personnages et un vague et gênant anachronisme dans sa réalisation...