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Loving Couples (1964)

Loving Couples

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In this drama set in a Scandinavian hospital in 1915, the individual stories of three pregnant women about to give birth are presented. The women come from a different social classes and have disparate views about the impending births. The middle-class woman married a servant of a wealthy family. She doesn't love her husband, nor does she care much about her child, whom she conceived out of spite. The baby is stillborn, and the woman sheds nary a tear. The second woman became wild and sexually irresponsible after she was seduced as a young woman by a much older man. Dividing her time between modeling and robbery, the woman ends up sleeping with the son of the family the middle-class woman's husband works for. The son is willing to support his bastard provided the wild woman marry his homosexual friend and pretend the child is his. She agrees. The third woman is introverted. As a youth, she had a short-lived lesbian affair in school. She then fell in love with an archaeologist who impregnated her. He refuses to acknowledge the child as his. This enrages the woman who joins a feminist movement and dedicates her life to removing the stigma of having babies out of wedlock. Of the three, she is the only one who really wants her child. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
On DVD: Nov 29, 2005
Runtime:

Cast

Gunnel Lindblom
as Adele Holstrom
Gio Petre
as Angela
Anita Björk
as Aunt Petra
Gunnar Bjornstrand
as Dr. Jacob Lewin
Eva Dahlbeck
as Mrs. Landborg
Jan Malmsjö
as Stellan von Pahlen
??ke Grönberg
as Elderly Lecher in St...
Toivo Pawlo
as Mr. Macson
Hans Sundberg
as Organist
Birger Asander
as Band Leader
Margit Carlquist
as Dora Macson
Heinz Hopf
as Bernhard Landborg
Inga Landgr_
as Mrs. Lewin
Isa Quensel
as Fredrika
Frank Sundstrom
as Dr. Ola Landborg
Bengt Brunskog
as Tord Holmstroem
Maerta Dorff
as Alexandra
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Comes complete with a reassuringly gynecologic capper.

Full Review… | December 3, 2005
Slant Magazine

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½

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(DVD) (First Viewing, 1st Zetterling film)

It stars Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Gunnel Lindblom and Eva Dahlbeck. It's photographed by Sven Nykvist. It's in Swedish. An Ingmar Bergman film, no? Surprisingly, its not. Though certainly indebted to the Swedish master both thematically and stylistically, LOVING COUPLES is the directoral debut of Mai Zetterling, a Swedish actress who gave up a career in Hollywood to pursue her fiercely independent directoral ambitions. Ironically titled, this adaptation of a 3,000 page novel series by Swedish author Agnes von Krusenstjerna (who has been likened to both Proust and D.H. Lawrence) was a perfect vehicle for Zetterling's goals and aspirations as a feminist filmmaker. Carrying its feminist agenda on its sleeve, it boldly takes on such taboo topics as pregnancy, sexual fulfillment, sexual repression, adultery, premarital sex, lesbianism, male homosexuality, bisexuality and pedophilia-- but the films possesses an earnestness and keen sensitivity propelled through Zetterling's focus on the emotional turbulence of the various situations which prevent it from ever falling into mere exploitation.

Zetterling proves to be a surprisingly sophisticated director, and LOVING COUPLES has been compared to CITIZEN KANE at the time of its release. Sven Nykvist's stark black and white cinematography is gorgeous, and the acting is all-around excellent. After seeing this film, I can only say that in my mind, for better or worse. Ingmar Bergman no longer holds a monopoly on Swedish cinema. I'm certainly curious to see more.

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Jesse Last

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