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Törst (Three Strange Loves) (1949)

Original Title : Törst
Director : Ingmar Bergman
Writer : Herbert Grevenius
Birgit Tengroth
Genre : Drama
Country : Sweden
Language : Swedish
Producer : Helge Hagerman
Music : Erik Nordgren
Photography : Gunnar Fischer
IMDB ID : 0041998
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Törst (Three Strange Loves) (1949) - Ingmar Bergman
 

Starring

Eva Henning Rut
Birger Malmsten Bertil
Birgit Tengroth Viola
Hasse Ekman Dr. Rosengren
Mimi Nelson Valborg
Bengt Eklund Raoul
Gaby Stenberg Astrid
Naima Wifstrand Miss Henriksson rest of cast listed alphabetically Verner Arpe .... German ticket collector
Calle Flygare Priest
Sven-Eric Gamble Glass worker
Helge Hagerman Priest
Else Heiberg Norwegian lady
Estrid Hesse Patient
Gunnar Nielsen Assistant doctor
Sif Ruud Widow
Monica Wienzierl Girl on train
 

Plot

Several stories by Birgit Tengroth intertwine. In 1946, nervous ballet dancer Rut and her husband Bertil are returning to Sweden from his scholarship tour around Italy. In a Basle hotel room and on a train they quarrel, give food through the window to starving Germans, overhear wisdoms about marriage by Swedish clergymen returning from a conference, and finally make up. In flashbacks, Rut reminisces her romance with middle-aged officer Raoul, her subsequent abortion, and her ballet career. In a seemingly separate episode set in quiet Stockholm during Midsummer, middle-aged widow Viola is harassed first by a psychiatrist, Dr. Rosengren, and then by a lesbian old school-friend Valborg, with tragic consequences.
 

Comments

Interesting, but not the best Interesting film, but this is clearly not the very best of the great Bergman.Several relationships are examined under the microscope (so far, so Bergman).The film jumps around between the relationships in a slightly distracting way, but eventually you get to the bottom of who used to be with whom etc. Gosh it's bleak out there, Bergman seems to share Strindberg's views on marriage and relationships at this time - the references to Strindberg stress that point.There's adultery, bitter rows between partners, lesbianism (inexplicit) and suicide.It ought to have me at the edge of my seat, but somehow doesn't quite do the business for me in the way that most Bergman films do.Perhaps this one hasn't aged well. Worth seeing for the dedicated Bergman fan - it's pretty short and has its moments.If you are looking for an initial view of Bergman, look elsewhere.