Lighter film compared to Bergman's similar ventures into the cracks of youth, vitality and romantic plenitude. Carlmar portrays nature in crystalline b/w with ample doses of it along with moderate nudity -sensual, yet naturalistic. The lapses to death drives and animality are expertly inserted with some expressionist lighting that scratches surfaces, yet not as deeply as in Bergman. A delightfullly naturalist film!
This gets an extra star for Liv Ullmann in her first leading role, playing a "bad girl" who isn't really bad. Because of the Liv / Ingmar connection it's hard not to watch this without thinking of Summer With Monika, Summer Interlude, and It Rains on Our Love, but it’s only really like them in terms of general themes and situations. I'm a sucker for these 50s / 60s Nordic Summer films!