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Summer with Monika

19-year-old Harry begins a tempestuous romance with 17-year-old Monika. But as the summer passes, problems mount. What remains?

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Summer with Monika

19-year-old Harry meets Monika, an adventurous 17-year-old, in a café. They hit it off and they soon strike up a rambunctious romance. Their relationship gains momentum when Monika seeks help from Harry after running away from home and her alcoholic father. When Harry gets into an argument with his boss, he quits his job. Harry and Monika take a boat to an island off the coast and spend an idyllic summer together. But when summer ends they are forced to return home. They have run out of money, also Monika is pregnant. The days of carefree love are long gone.

Bergman's tender but realistic story became a worldwide success, in no small part due to Harriet Andersson's sensual acting, adding an earthy eroticism to the film. In the Netherlands, the film was deemed contrary to public decency, but eventually it was rated for 18 years and older.