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425 Ratings

Port of Call


Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1948


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.

Our take

Heavily influenced by Italian neorealism, and featuring strong noir undertones, this morally defiant drama was Swedish master Ingmar Bergman’s fifth film, and his first box office success. Port of Call was considerably ahead of its time in terms of its frank depiction of contentious subject matter.

Port of Call Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Critics reviews

Ingmar Bergman in his hectic sorcerer’s-apprentice studio days, trying on styles like Buster Keaton with hats before a mirror.
May 06, 2010
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A remarkably earthy melodrama, a gripping love story told with equal parts passion and remove.
March 26, 2007
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