I Am Curious (Blue) (Jag är nyfiken - en film i blått) (1967)



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This provincial, erotic film finds a young man having an affair with a 20-year-old woman, who is in turn having an affair with another man. They escape the claustrophobic acceptance of a class-minded society with their sexual escapades. Religion is viciously lampooned; a man who poses as a pacifist beats his wife and fails to get aroused sexually unless violence is involved; and lesbians find mutual splendor among themselves. Colloquial references will fail to register with viewers outside of Sweden. The film, while containing explicit nudity and sexual situations, is toned down from its more racy predecessor I'm Curious-Yellow.
Art House & International , Classics , Comedy , Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Peter Lindgren
as Lena's Father
Lena Nyman
as Lena
Börje Ahlstedt
as Börje, Lena's boyfriend
Marie Goranzon
as Marie Borje's mistress
Magnus "Mankan" Nilsson
as Magnus Lena's school friend
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Critic Reviews for I Am Curious (Blue) (Jag är nyfiken - en film i blått)

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 15, 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 I Am Curious (Blue) (Jag är nyfiken - en film i blått)


For a film that helped to smash the U.S. censorship barrier, this political satire seems very tame (and boring) by today's standards.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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

This tried my patience even more than "Yellow". Outside of the historical context and the controversy the film's release drummed up, it's pretty uninteresting.

Stephen Huss
Stephen Huss

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