Young Goran, before entering high school, visits his uncle in the countryside, where he discovers the beautiful Kerstin. Despite the bigotry fostered by the local pastor, they fall in love, but fate is merciless.
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Mélange subtil de sensualité païenne propre à bien des films scandinaves de cette époque, de la fraîcheur spontanée du cinéma tchèque, du climat torride des films argentins de Torre-Nilsson et des romans de Caldwell voire Tennessee Williams ainsi qu'une proximité écrasante des éléments naturels. Le film fit scandale à l'époque dès sa sortie en salles pour une célèbre baignade d'un couple nu.. www.cinefiches.com
I would not rate it three stars with that same equality as other films I have watched. Certainly, it has its qualities such as philosophy of the title. There finds specific coldness and naturalistic understanding of fate. A kind of theatrical romance, but any bit of happy-ending is nowhere to be found. Earthly representation of holliness is not as pure as it might seem in its conception, too.