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Ingmar Bergman

Torment (aka Frenzy)


A troubled student falls for a shop girl in Bergman’s intense, emotional drama.

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Sweden 1944
Dir Alf Sjöberg
With Stig Järrel, Mai Zetterling, Alf Kjellin, Stig Olin
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

The first Bergman script to be filmed was this intense, characteristically anti-authoritarian story of an idealistic student (Kjellin), already troubled by the sadistic bullying by his Latin teacher (Järrel), who feels altogether lost when he falls for a shopgirl (Zetterling) who’s embroiled in a painful relationship with a mysterious stranger. Sjöberg’s occasional expressionist flourishes are counterpointed by the subtlety of Järrel and Zetterling’s performances.


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