1944 [SWEDISH]

Drama / Romance

IMDb Rating 7.3 10 3377

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October 11, 2021 at 05:14 PM



Mai Zetterling as Bertha Olsson
Ingmar Bergman as Voice on the Radio
928.69 MB
Swedish 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 41 min
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Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

With a title like "Torment", is it any surprise that it was written by Ingmar Bergman?!

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.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 9 / 10

A very fine and interesting film

Torment is most recognised as the screenplay debut of young Ingmar Bergman. And while there are signs of a script-writer who had more than great potential, Torment does deserve to be known for more than the debut of one of the best and most influential directors in film. For it is a very fine film indeed. It looks great, with gorgeous photography and evocative scenery. Alf Sjöberg's direction is clever and sustained, while Bergman's screenplay has both its dark and affecting moments and shows great thought and insight. The story does show signs of a chilling atmosphere, affecting melodrama(without being overly so) and also of a writer early on in his career showing what he could do while developing it to even greater heights later on in his career, the film is always involving pacing wise and the character development is subtle while always making the characters interesting. The music has moments where it is too intrusive but is overall hauntingly-composed and fitting, while the acting is marvellous, especially from Stig Järrel and Mai Zetterling. In conclusion, very, very good. 9/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 7 / 10

What a Frightening Figure!

While I believe the film to be a bit formulaic and is at the beginning of Bergman's career (of course he's the screenwriter here), this did captivate me for the most part. It has a level of intensity, mostly built by the psychotic Latin teacher. Any of us who have been in a class run by a tyrant, can feel our flesh crawl. The classroom scenes are really provocative and unsettling. When he shows that little smile, we know he is in much greater control than we realize. The biggest weakness for me was the whole thing with the shop girl. Why wouldn't she name her tormentor? How far had this relationship gone. We aren't privy to tender moments between the lovers, so we mostly see her as an unstable drunk, living in constant fear. What was the attraction. Was it strictly carnal. Was he sorry for her or taken with her in a kind of "Human Bondage" way. Anyway, I thought their relationship needed a great more. It is uplifting in its own way, however, and deserves a viewing. It really works pretty well.

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