Whether you like the films of Ingmar Bergman, you've gotta admit that his movies were not exactly fun. While he made an occasional non-depressing film (like the comedy "The Devil's Eye"), for the most part, his films have themes like death, depression and hopelessness. So, although it was not directed by Bergman (he was just a novice in the industry), it's not too surprising that "Torment" was written by him.
"Torment" is set in a men's school and the students universally hate their Latin professor--who they've nicknamed 'Caligula'! They not only fear him, but they are in terror of the man and the story involves one of these students in particular, Jan-Erik Widgren. While he is not a very good student and struggles, it's made a lot worse when he meets a young lady. They become lovers but she also hides a secret--she has a tormenter and it turns out to be someone Jan-Erik knows well. There is a lot more to the film than this but I don't want to divulge more of the plot--you just need to see it for yourself.
I score the film 7 because it is very well acted and tries very hard to be realistic. However, at the same time, it's all rather unpleasant and the characters aren't exactly likable. So, if you need to see a film with likable folks and a traditional sort of plot, keep looking. It's mildly interesting and about all.
Drama / Romance
Drama / Romance
Jan-Erik Widgren is a high-school senior. His Latin teacher, Caligula, is feared by everybody, both teachers and students. Widgren falls in love with Berta, who works in a tobacco store. She tells him that she is harassed by a mean, sadistic man, but does not tell him that it is Caligula himself. —Mattias Thuresson
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October 11, 2021 at 05:14 PM