Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
A simple story of a tragic love affair is told with affection and beauty in this lovingly photographed drama. A 19th century Swedish soldier leaves his post and his wife to run away with the love of his life, a gorgeous circus tightrope artist named Elvira Madigan (though it’s not her real name). They hide out in the forest while the law searches for them, doing their best to make the most of the limited time they know they have left. The lush, almost enchanted woods that they inhabit are a third character in this sumptuous film by Bo Widerberg, with gorgeous cinematography bringing all the passion out of the characters and their irresistible attraction for each other. Not a milestone of a film, but lovely all the same.
Cannes Film Festival Award: Best Actress (Pia Degermark)
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Foreign Film