Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult (I Am Curious (Yellow)) (1967) - Rotten Tomatoes

Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult (I Am Curious (Yellow)) (1967)

Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult (I Am Curious (Yellow))



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One of the most popular and controversial films in Swedish history, I Am Curious brought the sexual revolution to Sweden's silver screen. While much of the media hype centered on the film's scandalous content, the film's blending of documentary and fictional footage was equally shocking for Swedish audiences. Content-wise, the film's more controversial parts include the defacement of a photograph of Franco and a sequence where a young couple has sex in front of the royal palace. A film in two parts, Yellow and Blue each have essentially the same vague outline of a plot. Lena and her boyfriend engage in lots of liberated sexual play -- that's the fiction. At the same time, they are working on a documentary, which is real. In the documentary footage, they investigate Sweden's political history, the state of its democracy, and the everyday lives of its citizens. In the Blue version, Lena journeys far into the deserted north, filming the beautiful wilderness and revealing a decidedly unmodern Sweden. Blue's most significant departure from the first part is in this exploration of Sweden's pastoral ideal. ~ Brian Whitener, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Classics, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Vilgot Sjöman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 8, 1992


Peter Lindgren
as Lena's Father
Marie Goranzon
as Marie Borje's mistre...
Magnus "Mankan" Nils...
as Magnus Lena's school...
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Critic Reviews for Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult (I Am Curious (Yellow))

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

Today we can get our sex with less punishment, which is progress of a sort.

Full Review… | January 22, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

I'm not very fond of this sort of moviemaking, which tries to disarm conventional criticism by exploiting formlessness as meaningful itself, but I like Sjoman's sense of humor and sense of humanity, and his obvious affection for Lena.

Full Review… | January 22, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

The mix of frivolousness and moral reproach, though, seems altogether '60s, rather than particularly Swedish.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie is simply, basically, boring. It is stupid and slow and uninteresting.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It is an intellectually stimulating work with a smart, comical atmosphere, and it sustains its appeal through the perky modern attitude exhibited by Nyman, even when she has her clothing on.

June 14, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A bemused society at a crossroads, a medium in frisky disarray

Full Review… | November 5, 2013

Audience Reviews for Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult (I Am Curious (Yellow))


This is both a political documentary and a romantic drama mixed together which doesn't work too good. It's an interesting idea to combine the two, and some parts seem to work, but for the most part it doesn't. Overall, interesting, but it could have been better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


This notorious Swedish import is mostly remembered for its groundbreaking explicitness and, indeed, some of its content still goes well beyond the mainstream. Lena Nyman's full-frontal nudity no longer carries the jolt that it did in 1967, but co-star Borje Ahlstedt's flopping penis remains a novelty. And a scene with Nyman casually nuzzling his genitals is still something rarely seen outside of hardcore pornography.

Unfortunately, this 121-minute film's actual emphasis is not sex but politics. Surly, smug, radical-left politics. An early, endless section with Nyman badgering people on the street with questions about Sweden's "class system" is agony to endure, and the film never recovers from this deadly loss of momentum. The ideas of Nyman and director Vilgot Sjoman are far from deep (equal opportunity is good, Francisco Franco is bad), and the only real intrigue of the political material is some exclusive interview footage with Martin Luther King.

It's better to focus on the romantic angle, in which Sjoman and Ahlstedt vie for Nyman's affection. Every cast member plays himself or herself, and the story operates on two levels -- it's a film within a film in which Sjoman is seen directing a fictional movie starring actors Nyman and Ahlstedt. Except the crew is offscreen for such extended periods that the line blurs and the reality of scenes becomes ambiguous. Repeatedly, "intimate" dialogue is unexpectedly interrupted by a camera's appearance. Other Brechtian intrusions include onscreen text and a mock contest for viewers to guess what is in Nyman's bag. It's all rather erratic, and the film's clumsiness is alternately endearing and annoying. What can't be denied is that Nyman gives a brave, captivating performance, despite not being the shapely beauty who would be best suited for such a role.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

Sep 2010 - This is a very experimental movie but it is hardly anything else. There is obviously the revolt agains the political system, standard styles of film making, standards of decency and I am sure many other things but they remain very shallow and on the surface. The movie may have been a controversy at its time but I find it only a temporary success and a piece of the history rather than the art.

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