Hets (Frenzy) (Torment)
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The Swedish-language picture Torment (AKA Hets, 1944) marked one of the first credited screenwriting efforts of the then 26-year-old scenarist Ingmar Bergman, and one of the broadest international successes of the gifted Swedish director Alf Sjöberg; it also launched the onscreen efforts of two young Scandinavian actors, Alf Kjellin and Mai Zetterling. This tragic drama concerns the ill-fated romance between student Jan-Erik Widgren (Kjellin) and Bertha Olsson (Zetterling), a slightly older, alcoholic widow who works at a tobacco store, and whom Jan-Erik meets when he discovers her unconscious… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Part an antifascist allegory, in part a study in sexual hysteria."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A dark coming-of-age melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Its harsh pessimism anticipates the spiritually tormented universe of Bergman's own work."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This is tense, dense and highly stylised psychological drama. Visuals, dialogue, characters and tone are all expertly judged, and the critical reception launched Bergman's career."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"Emotionally haunting."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"The film successfully avoids the trap of creating stereotypical caricatures of its obviously good and evil main characters by fleshing them out sufficiently..."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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