Touching, simple story of how a young girl's summer romance with a
sweet, modest young man, changes a her adult life as a ballet dancer
Told in flashback, beautifully shot, and mostly well (if not quite
brilliantly) acted, this lovely film could have been even stronger if
the two leads both didn't look and feel much too old for their roles,
making their naiveté and innocence feel a bit forced.
But there's much that's moving and insightful here about youthful
idealism versus life's hard realities.
on January 24, 1999
Made early in Bergman's film career, this is a simple, almost fable-like tale of a summer romance between two young lovers, as remembered by the woman, now an unsatisfied adult, who returns to the island where she passed one happy summer. The film beautifully evokes the giddiness of young love, the tragedy of unfulfilled promise, and the healing powers of time.