Don Juan is sent from Hell to Earth with a mission - to seduce a 20 years old virgin in order to spoil her pure wedding. The mission becomes crazy when Don Juan falls in love for the first time in centuries.
Three women in a maternity ward reveal their lives and intimate thoughts to each other while in a maternity ward together, where they face the choice of keeping their babies or offering them for adoption.
After 15 years of marriage, David and Marianne have grown apart. David has had an affair with a patient of his and Marianne has got herself involved with her former lover Carl-Adam, who's also David's best friend. When she travels to Copenhagen to meet Carl-Adam, David takes the same train as she does, making it look coincidental. Spending time together remembering their past and talking about their future, they come to understand each other again, which leads to a reconciliation.Written by
Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
Bergman surprises the audience and himself with this catchy and playful farce. New camera angles and positions, symphonic comedy and some improvised dialogue. An off-beat continental and chaotic nightclub scene is new territory. See more »
During the conversation between David and his wife by the microscope, the shadow of the microphone can be seen on the wall for a large part of the scene. See more »
It has Bjornstrand and Dahlbeck, and that's enough for me
This is not one of the great Bergman comedies, not comparable to Smiles of a Summer's Night, Secrets of Women or The Devil's Eye, but it has its pleasures. Chief among them is the partnership of Gunnar Bjornstrand and Eva Dahlbeck; you might call them the Swedish version of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (or Cary Grant and Hepburn in Philadelphia Story). He's staid and a little timorous, she's volatile and humorous, with great comic timing. They're beautifully photographed and posed within the frame. I'm ready to forget the incongruous scenes that seem thrown in on a whim--what is that fight between the two women in the bar all about ? it comes out of nowhere.
Harriet Andersson probably wanted to get the sexpot image out of people's minds when she accepted the part, but Nix is a confusing character: tomboy and developed woman in the same body. Her acting shows the unease she must have felt about the character. Ake Gronberg as the bearish Carl-Adam has some funny lines but his part is fairly tiresome in the end. Minor Bergman except for the fabulous main couple.
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