Hets (Frenzy) (Torment)
Hets (Frenzy) (Torment) (1944)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 2, 1944
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Part an antifascist allegory, in part a study in sexual hysteria.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A dark coming-of-age melodrama.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Its harsh pessimism anticipates the spiritually tormented universe of Bergman's own work.

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Jon Fortgang

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.

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Caryn James
New York Times

Emotionally haunting.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

The film successfully avoids the trap of creating stereotypical caricatures of its obviously good and evil main characters by fleshing them out sufficiently...

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
my score might even go up. the film is emotional, with excellent explorations into powerful themes of sex, dominance, terror, and the loss of innocence.… More
Antonius Block
Ingmar Bergman wrote the screenplay for this film at the age of 26, and it was his first major film. In it he shows his personal disdain for traditional… More