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A sailor (Bengt Eklund) falls for a woman (Nine-Christine Jönsson) at a dance hall but has second thoughts when he learns about her checkered past.

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Critic Reviews for Port of Call

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2)

  • It's no less schematic than it sounds, but solid performances and straightforward handling make Bergman's fourth feature the most fully achieved, though hardly most characteristic, of his fledgling film career to that point.

    July 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes the tone is a bit hieratic. At best, it is a lukewarm romantic drama from the Swedish director. [Full review in Spanish]

    April 24, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • Berit is the first really terrifically interesting character in Ingmar Bergman's cinema, and Nine-Christine Jönsson is giving the first truly surprising performance.

    June 19, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A film full of stylish grimaces and embryonic Bergmanisms, for stout-hearted students in search, of something besides entertainment.

    July 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's a bleak world of hard-faced dock workers and stringy authority figures, where adults are no longer interested in romance or books and even a night out at the movies is just a prelude to a street brawl.

    July 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Gritty dockside melodrama.

    August 14, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Port of Call

  • Mar 03, 2012
    this was really 3/4 of a great film. i was interested in the characters and the visuals were great as this was the first collaboration between bergman and gunnar, but the end lost focus a bit. overall a realist human drama worthy of viewing.
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  • Dec 13, 2009
    An early film from Ingmar Bergman, it is just as interesting on a visual scope as his films usually are, with the docklands filmed well and good use of panning and dolly work throughout. In terms of story and acting though, this is rather ordinary stuff, despite some interesting ideas and philosophies about freedom. It seems the easy way to out to just classify this film as interesting but not up to the standard that Bergman would later set, however I cannot think of much else to say here. It certainly is not as thought-provoking and intense as some of his later films, and for those not interested in Bergman or clever camera movement, I could easily imagine this piece coming across as boring.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer

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