Sommaren med Monika / Summer with Monika / Monika, the Story of a Bad Girl (1953) DVD9 Criterion Collection
Bergman begins with one of the quickest courtships in cinema history. Harry and Monika are underachieving teenagers, working dead-end jobs with no career prospects. They happen to sit near each other at a local cafe. It takes no longer than a minute of conversation before Monika asks Harry to run away with him. Monika is escaping her drunken father, who beats her at night, and the sexist ogling of her chauvinist male co-workers. As for Harry, he has a feeling of not fitting in, being ridiculed for dating the town 'slut' and an overall emasculation from his peers. This kind of teenager trauma bonds the two causing them to run away like Bonnie and Clyde.

It’s the start of a long emotional and adventurous journey, which takes them to the Swedish countryside, living an idealistic life off the grid and away from the evils of society. We see Monika and Harry frolicking in the nude, making love whenever they want and living a free life.

But the calm and warmth doesn't last forever...

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:37:53 | 7.16 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Svenska
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Harriet Andersson, Lars Ekborg, Dagmar Ebbesen, Georg Skarstedt, John Harryson
Country: Sweden

• Introduction by director Ingmar Bergman
• New interview with actress Harriet Andersson, conducted by film critic Peter Cowie
• Images from the Playground, a half-hour documentary by Stig Bjorkman with behind-the-scenes footage shot by Bergman, archival audio interviews with Bergman, and new interviews with actresses Bibi Andersson and Harriet Andersson
• New interview with film scholar Eric Schaefer about Kroger Babb and Babb’s distribution of Monika: Story of a Bad Girl as an exploitation film
• Trailer

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