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Törst (Thirst) (Three Strange Loves)

Törst (Thirst) (Three Strange Loves) (1949)


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A couple's relationship begin to unravel during a rail trip through Europe in this drama, an early work from legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Rut (Eva Henning) is a former ballet dancer whose career has been sidelined due to an injured knee, while her husband Bertil (Birger Malmsten) is a slightly prickly academic. Rut and Bertil are traveling though Germany from Switzerland while their friends at home are celebrating the rowdy annual observance of Midsummer; much of Europe is still


Art House & International, Drama

Mar 20, 2007

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On balance, his strongest offering of the 1940s.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's full of intimations of films to come, especially those about marriage after the initial excitement of sexual love has given way to boredom, followed by fear that this is all there is.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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One of the more interesting entries in Ingmar Bergman's groping-around gestation period.

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Great films are just around the corner for Bergman.

August 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Despite heavy subject matter this is an ambitious and worthwhile attempt to get under the skin of its characters, full of striking images and played with great power by Henning and Malmsten.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Törst (Thirst) (Three Strange Loves)

the film starts a bit slow and meanders through the first half, but when it picks up it becomes a very interesting character study involving such difficult topics as suicide and abortion. bergman flexes his visual style in new ways in this film. overall very interesting.
July 13, 2012
danny d

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Interesting film, but this is clearly not the very best of the great Bergman. Several relationships are examined under the microscope (so far, so Bergman). The film jumps around between the relationships in a slightly distracting way, but eventually you get to the bottom of who used to be with whom etc.

Gosh it's bleak out there, Bergman seems to share Strindberg's views on marriage and relationships at this time - the references to Strindberg stress that point. There's adultery, bitter rows between partners, lesbianism (inexplicit) and suicide. It ought to have me at the edge of my seat, but somehow doesn't quite do the business for me in the way that most Bergman films do. Perhaps this one hasn't aged well.

Worth seeing for the dedicated Bergman fan - it's pretty short and has its moments. If you are looking for an initial view of Bergman, look elsewhere.
December 13, 2009

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In "Thirst," Rut(Eva Henning), a dancer, loves Raoul(Bengt Eklund). She is heartbroken when he tells her he is married with children. Even worse, is when the Mrs.(Gaby Stenberg) shows up at their apartment unannounced. At least, her next relationship works out better, as she gets married to Bertil(Birger Malmsten), an assistant lecturer. So while they talk about their finances on their honeymoon, she also relives the torment of a botched abortion that has left her sterile.

Three years into his directing career, this is more like the Ingmar Bergman we are very familiar with. Sure, a lot of "Thirst" is pure melodrama but there is also a lot of metaphysics included here in this depiction of a radiply changing post-war Sweden. In fact, this seems positively provocative not only for then(what with one character being a lesbian and all) but maybe even a little for today, framed around not condemning Rut for having an abortion and ending with a conversation involving a minister who seeks to reform the notion of marriage, with the chauvinistic Raoul being the villain of the piece. While there is one great scene involving a crowd outside of a train, the editing leaves something to be desired as the scenes involving Viola(Birgit Tengroth), Bertil's ex who might have endocrinitis, no elephantitis, no wait, encephalitis, feel like a different movie entirely. And either all of the characters are from the same social circle or Sweden has a really small population.
August 23, 2012
Walter M.

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"Thirst" is one of Bergman's first films the Director made and is a complex and detailed look into the lives of several troubled and isolated characters. The film utilizes four different narrative structures in which the various characters are within and yet all are connected through their despair and longing for something more. The film captures the characters and their problems, both with one another and with themselves in such an intricate and personal way in which only Bergman could capture. While not quite up with his masterworks you know you are watching a Director more than capable and advancing in the field of cinema at a rapid and yet refined pace!
February 3, 2012
Chris Browning

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Foreign Titles

  • Dusrt (DE)
  • Thirst (Torst) (UK)
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