Lots of foreshadowing here. It's hard to grow up with a mother that's a raging narcissist. She tends to be a bit of a magpie. Poor kid had to deal with a problem mother in 'The Silence' as well. I like the fact that Shirley Temple resigned when the SFF decided to show this movie. Conservatives stand in the middle of the road trying to halt progress. Good riddance.
Tracked this down for its Bergman associations (Thulin, the kid from The Silence and Persona, as well as the great Naima Wifstrand). Some great cinematography but the boy's past, dominated by a hedonistic mother, played by Thulin, was a little too wacky. The present-day sequences were much more effective for their subtlety, quietness and the restrained acting of Brundin and Hjelm. Not a lost classic so much as curio