Summer With Monika: The Criterion Collection
Inspired by the earthy eroticism of his muse Harriet Andersson, in the first
of her many roles for him, Ingmar Bergman had a major international breakthrough
with this ravaging, sensual tale of young love. In Stockholm, a girl (Andersson) and boy (Lars Ekborg) from working-class families run away from home to spend a secluded, romantic summer
at the beach, far from parents and responsibilities. Inevitably, it is not long before the pair is f-rced to
return to reality. The version originally released in the U.S. was reedited by its distributor into something
more salacious, but the original Summer With Monika, as presented here, is a work of stunning maturity
and one of Bergman's most important films.