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Sommarlek (Summerplay) (Illicit Interlude) (Summer Interlude) Reviews

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½ April 6, 2014
If you've ever liked a Bergman film, this is one of the good ones you should see.
January 1, 2014
A successful ballerina recalls the bittersweet story of her first love. Bergman deals with one of his favourite themes, the loss of innocence. His style is unmistakable, and enhanced aesthetically by his use of ballet sequences, but the story feels incomplete and not completely satisfactory. Nilsson's performance as the melancholic ballerina is very powerful and moving.
November 22, 2013
Ingmar Bergman's early films are glorious engaging filmmaking at it's best.
November 12, 2013
Very beautiful set, soft and sweet pace, highly existential. One of the first better films from Bergman, because it seemed to me less scattered and perhaps more polished. Good.
sanjurosamurai
Super Reviewer
June 29, 2013
this film really seemed like a turning point for bergman. the film has a few of the signature bergman moments of stunning dialogue, although for the first time in his career to this point dialogue wasnt the real strength, i was more interested in the cinematography and locations. this film was shot so well and the emotional depth brought by a female character was also new and would become a staple for later films of his. a fantastic film.
½ May 26, 2013
One of Bergman's best. I only recently saw it yet I already want to watch it again. The film perfectly captures the true essence of love yet with it being Bergman things can never be that simple. The deep feeling of foreboding is tangible throughout the film and the dark atmosphere matched with the believable romance makes this a superior example of the melancholy romance.
March 23, 2013
WOW, beautiful. A gentle, drifting reverie flecked with hints of true mastery, touching on themes of isolation, lost romance, death, and the inescapability or longing of the past. Exceeded my expectations. See this beauty of a film!
½ January 18, 2013
This Ingmar Bergman's earlier essay is a dedicative recount of a young ballerina's summer holiday puppy romance with a timid college student which culminated in a tragic accident and the narrative leaps between the reminiscent past and the present (13 years later, when she is preparing her SWAN LAKE premier).

The film is slightly differentiated from Bergman's usual philosophy-heavy, mentally-straining members of his reservoir, a summer vacation in a Scandinavian island, with youth in bathing suits, is a curio to find out. But the die-hard Bergman fans will as always revel in the solemn nuances and formidable expressions from Maj-Britt Nilsson's heroine, whose god-spitting manifesto "I'll hate him till the day I die!"defies any compromise and detour, which could also be Bergman's mouthpiece speaking.

There are many aesthetically haunting shots with utterly perfect structural deployment (which cannot be a surprise since this is the sixth Bergman's film I have watched so far), a witchcraft of radiating the characters' frank and inherent emotion and sixth senses through Black & White lens, the portrait close-ups, the little cartoon on the letter, even the ballet tableaux, all sparkle with resilience of a human soul's elusive fickleness. The wild strawberry, chess playing with the clergyman and the hag with mustache, there are many anecdotes here just for perusing.

Ms. Nilsson captures all the spotlight in the film, although she and Birger Malmsten are quite awkward in pulling off mid-or-late teens in love since wrinkles and creases cannot lie, but it is almost a mission-impossible for any actress since spanning 13 years especially from teenage to adulthood is a great challenge, nevertheless, this blemish can not overthrow the film's majestic study on a psychological case of a lost love soul's selective protection and rejuvenation, although may not be Bergman's best, still a recommendable film from the maestro and furthermore attests his consistency in filmic supremacy.
½ December 26, 2012
A secluded ballerina (Maj-Britt Nilsson) is recalling in her mind a special summer where she met a young man (Birger Malmsten), while staying with her uncle. The relationship starts as a friendship, but quickly turns into love. They then plan to marry, even based on their very quick love, only to have that tragically be scrapped, when the man dives onto rocks (rather than into the ocean) and succumbs to his injuries. She then becomes consumed with constant mourning, even unable to break out of it with another young man (Alf Kjellin). Very early Bergman from 1951 is very underrated. Well shot and quite emotionally stirring. You can feel the woman's pain she loses her love. Must be seen by all fans of the director. Interestingly, I have never seen of these cast members in later films, even though all their performances are very good.
½ August 2, 2012
To me, it's slightly early Bergman, and on the surface a bit simple. There's some great layers underneath, but overall for the time period, it was likely a dramatic new film.
Super Reviewer
½ July 27, 2012
Criterion have released another top notch transfer of a Bergman film that is beautiful to see on blu-ray! The film is classic Bergman, full of utterly depressing and bleak visuals and messages and at the same time very touching moments full of happiness are also seen throughout the film. A beautiful setting really sets the mood of the film and the landscapes and cinematography are so beautiful they really transport you there! The characters are immersed in this natural beauty and themselves beautifully brought to life through both the actors playing them as well as the writing. Their dialog is razor sharp and features Bergman's thoughts and beliefs dealing in life, death and of course religious overtones. This is a profound work that is as touching and happy as it is devastating and isolating. Another essential watch from the master of Swedish film, Ingmar Bergman! Highly Recommended!
½ May 26, 2012
Though Bergman may be my favourite director, it's rare that I am this invested in the characters. It has the charm of a youthful romance along with a sharp bite of reality. Majestic and beautiful, Summer Interlude is vastly underrated.
½ April 24, 2012
triumphing over grief is the lesson found in this movie.
½ February 17, 2012
A gentle but dark early drama by the great Ingmar Bergman featuring a sad performance by Maj-Britt Nilsson, an actress who does a perfect job of balancing the director's typical theatrical demands of his female performances and accessing her own strong and honest femininity. This is a noteworthy film for Bergman, who spoke of it later as a definitive turning point in his creativity. It also happens to contain an array of images and themes that would feature in some of his most famous movies: a young couple indulge in wild strawberries, a clergyman plays chess with what he considers the embodiment of death itself and a series of drawings spring to life in an animation similar to (though far less disquieting than) the one that opens Bergman's masterpiece, 'Persona'. Yet this film lacks the urgent existentialism of those later films and instead acts as a kind of sketchbook for the director's obsessions of death, theater and loss. Some of these sketches are more interesting than others, but I enjoyed the film most when nobody talked; Bergman uses silence in such interesting ways, and he is good at knowing when his characters have made their points here, when to let the viewer's own opinions enter the dramatic playing field. In a career filled with so many awe-inspiring films, this one isn't as effective or artful, but Bergman's innocence (which he abandoned soon after) and playfulness are joyful things to witness.
½ July 12, 2011
For those who needs to watch all of Bergman films or if you're a cinephile like I am.
July 5, 2011
Glorious early Bergman, one of his most idyllic films, recounting the achingly beautiful, ultimately tragic summer days of a 15-year-old ballerina and her first love. Gunnar Fischer's black and white photography is a marvel, and for the first time Bergman begins to weave fragmentary memory, and the pain/joy of remembrance, into the greater arch of his characters' lives. In later years Bergman always regarded this as one of his most important, favorite early films.
October 4, 2010
"SUMMER INTERLUDE (SOMMARLEK) (1950)"
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Starring Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten

A ballerina recalls her tragic love affair during one summer. Nilsson is Marie, 13 years after the death of her lover Henrik played by Malmsten, she's still unable to overcome the loss. Only when she makes a trip to her summer house near the sea where she spent time with Henrik is she able to accept the past. Bergman tells a quiet love story with clear portraits of the individuals. This is not his best film however, but it is highly involving because of the sincerity of the actors. The scenic location helps tell the story even if its not that strong. There should have been more tenderness and strength in their relationship, I felt that they were only kids in love. And for a tragedy, it should present a killer reason that their love affair is the start and end of things.
October 4, 2010
Lovely early Bergman film this, a melancholy romance about the passing of time. Flashbacks and even a brief animation sequence mark an engaging film, based on the main character's looking back to an idyllic summer spent in an archipelago near Stockholm.

There is an early use of the Bergman theme of the human as marionette: in this case Marie, who has constructed an emotional 'wall' around herself after the tragic death of her lover as summer draws to a close. Maj-Britt Nilsson is superb, conveying absolute vitality and then outright withdrawal: the retreat into work, and then a cathartic reckoning with the past which enables the chance of future life.
Super Reviewer
January 7, 2010
having only seen one bergman film previous to this i wasn't expecting too much as i found wild strawberries a bit boring. what is the fascination with strawberries he has? marie had a hidden strawberry patch... the actress that plays her, maj-britt nilsson is beautiful. obviously sommarlek is a drama but the tone of it came across as fearful, a horror... the horror of life. a masterpiece. maybe i will look out for more ingmar bergman now as this one made an impression on me
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