Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika) 1953

Monika

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Disillusioned young city-dweller Harry (Lars Ekborg) is frustrated with his societal responsibilities and his menial job, but when he meets sultry beauty Monika (Harriet Andersson), and she takes an interest in him, life takes on new meaning. Inflamed with passion, the lovers steal Harry's father's boat and give up their banal city life for an erotic summer spent on an island. There, Monika teaches Harry to give up his inhibitions, and all is good -- until Monika's true nature is revealed.

Cast & Crew

Georg Skarstedt
Harry's father
Dagmar Ebbesen
Harry's aunt
Åke Grönberg
Harry's friend at work
Naemi Briese
Monika's mother
Sigge Fürst
Johan
Per Anders Fogelström
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Erik Nordgren
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Gunnar Fischer
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Tage Holmberg
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Gösta Lewin
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Critic Reviews for Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika)

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  • More than 50 years after its first screening in America, Monika arrives in New York again to light up the screen, this time without a trace of impropriety.

    November 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • Bergman's tale of heedless teenage love is a sort of neorealist Rebel Without a Cause -- except that sex is acknowledged and the outlaw is a girl.

    November 13, 2007
  • Bergman would be no more adept a pornographer than he would be at filming hip-hop, but his camera did stare at the human surface with an intentness unmatched since von Sternberg rhapsodized over Marlene Dietrich.

    July 30, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A tender yet unsentimental account of a love affair that turns sour.

    July 30, 2007 | Full Review…
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  • His first film with Andersson shows a developing ability to probe the psychology of a rich, vital woman without losing his objectivity.

    July 30, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Harriet Andersson's performance is a marvel, decidedly the best work by any actor in a Bergman film thus far.

    July 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika)

  • Apr 15, 2016
    One of Ingmar Bergman's earlier efforts, from 1953, about a young couple who quit their jobs and run away on an impulse to spend an idyllic summer in the Stockholm archipelago. Harriet Andersson oozes youth and natural sensuality in the role of the fun-loving Monika, and Lars Ekborg smolders as Harry, the nice guy she beguiles and who always wants to do right by her. Monika is a fascinating character: she is adventurous (telling Harry "let's go away and never come back - we'll see the whole wide world" when she meets him a few minutes into the movie), romantic (crying at the movie theater as he yawns), strong (the child of a father drinks too much, and who has to fend off a guy who gropes and pinches her at her job at the grocery), and aware of her beauty (as was Bergman, her lover in real life, who along the way captures her stretching in shorts that look like a giant diaper by today's standards, frolicking in the buff down to the sea, and splayed out on the top of a motorboat). Ultimately she becomes shrewish and materialistic when the reality of their condition sets in, which makes it easy to condemn her, but in a fantastic scene, Bergman has her stare straight into the camera as brazenly as Manet's Olympia, communicating her frustration, and daring us to judge her. The film was controversial in its day for its nudity (which drew a young Woody Allen to see it), but it's got so much more than that. There is coming-of-age passion, starting with early scenes with Monika, lips parted, waiting for her lover's kiss, and building later to a wonderful moment when the couple overlook a vista and he says "We've rebelled, Monika, against all of them". There are great moments told in the eyes of Lars Ekborg, beautiful scenes utilizing reflections in the water, a romantic shot of them dancing alone on a pier (ah, youth!), and one of Monika disappearing into swaying grasses while eluding a family whose food she stole. The city of Stockholm and the natural beauty of Sweden are highlighted, and all of it makes it easy to see Bergman's talent as an emerging master filmmaker. His characters are real and nuanced, and this is far from a sentimental film, the 'summer with Monika' haunting Harry forevermore. A captivating film which certainly stands the test of time, and so good I watched it twice.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2013
    a devastating film. the film is so successfully about so many things; youth, growing up too quickly, not growing up quickly enough, escape, isolation, loneliness, adventure, hope, failure, the mundane, love, responsibility. The themes each hit like a ton of bricks, throwing the viewer for one loop after another. seldom do i go from rooting so much for a character to so little within one film as i did monika, and harry was so effective as the long suffering hero/victim of the story. at the same time, the movie dares you to judge monika, and if you choose to, you at least need to know why. the locations and cinematography were stunning. a wonderful film.
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2013
    Starts off charming, but the couple's naivete and youthful mood swings eventually turn a bit irritating. Lovely views of small-town Sweden, though.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2013
    Liberating thoughts circling the masculine minds..so what happens when the female responds in equal tension and..bewilderment?crafting detail of the sunlight and perhaps a lighter work for Bergman excluding the last quarter.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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