Sunday, November 11, 2007

Port of Call (Hamnstad)

Dir Ingmar Bergman; 1948, 99 min

Bergman's neorealist drama set in Gothenburg is the story of Berit—an emotionally vulnerable young woman recently out of a reformatory and with an abusive mother—who is seen first attempting suicide by diving off the docks, then protesting furiously when she is rescued. A chance of happiness seems to present itself when she meets a dock worker at a dance, but first she must reconcile him to her troubled past and vicious-tongued mother. Bergman makes excellent use of his gritty, sea-front locations and doesn't shirk from showing the drudgery and misery his protagonists endure in their day-to-day lives.

Monday 12 November 8.00pm

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