My Old Addiction

Summer Interlude (Sommarlek)


(out of 5)

A ballerina is a great success on the stage but her personal life is devoid of the kind of affection her audiences give her.  She is thrown into her memories when a former lover’s diary is mailed to her anonymously and plunges her back thirteen years to a love affair with a handsome young man.  The contrast between her optimistic, carefree younger self and the current jaded and cynical present teaches her a lot about who she is and how she became that way, all of it set against the lush backdrop of the seaside town of her youthful idyll that is as much a character in this film as are the intimate leads.  Ingmar Bergman directed this enjoyable soaper only a few years before his international breakthrough, and you can already see themes germinating that would occupy him in much darker ways later on:  performance and the performer and the vast chasm between them, as well as the role that past regrets have on the formation of our relationships and morality.   is excellent in the lead.

Svensk Filmindustri

Sweden, 1951

Directed by

Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman, 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by 

Production Design by

Film Editing by



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