Swedish Love Story 1970
En kärlekshistoria (original title)
1h 55min | Drama, Romance | 24 April 1970 (Sweden)
Two teenagers fall in love over the summer, in spite of cynical and disapproving adults who dismiss their relationship as being nothing but young love.
There’s something about this film that hits you – something between the frames and apart from what you see. Even though it’s almost 40 years old it feels like it was shot yesterday (especially with the crisp DVD I saw). Having watched a few of these Swedish teenage films, I have to say nobody knows how to portray adolescence on screen like the Swedes do. There’s a subtle, real-life touch that no filmmaker in the states can hold a candle to.
The two leads are very natural and engaging. Ann-Sofie Kylin has the biggest blue eyes you will ever see and makes a huge impact – despite the fact that her lines throughout the film barely register one paragraph.
If you can appreciate a slow film that pays more attention to the small details than to a chugging storyline, this is for you. While I found the ending a little unresolved even for a typical unresolved “70’s” ending, it’s worth the two hour viewing.
Director: Roy Andersson
Writer: Roy Andersson
Stars: Ann-Sofie Kylin, Rolf Sohlman, Anita Lindblom
Language: Swedish | Spanish
Release Date: 24 April 1970 (Sweden)