Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika)
Summer With Monika (Sommaren med Monika) (1953)

Harry steals a boat to spend the summer alone on an island with his lover, Monika. But when the couple returns home, their clashing personalities drive them apart.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 9, 1953
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2012
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

More than 50 years after its first screening in America, Monika arrives in New York again to light up the screen, this time without a trace of impropriety.

Time Out

A tender yet unsentimental account of a love affair that turns sour.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Bergman fans will discover that it's not a typical film of his, and is rather more realistic than his later films, and some would call it "minor." But by any standards, it's an excellent film, gorgeously made and emotionally powerful.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Bergman's tale of heedless teenage love is a sort of neorealist Rebel Without a Cause -- except that sex is acknowledged and the outlaw is a girl.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

His first film with Andersson shows a developing ability to probe the psychology of a rich, vital woman without losing his objectivity.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Bergman's key international breakthrough

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Bergman would be no more adept a pornographer than he would be at filming hip-hop, but his camera did stare at the human surface with an intentness unmatched since von Sternberg rhapsodized over Marlene Dietrich.

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Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central

In the annals of Early Bergman, Summer with Monika is The Big One. The irony is that it's among the slightest of his works.

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Fernando F. Croce

A sensual elegy along the lines of Ovid's 'Amores' and very much a movie about photographing Harriet Andersson

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
a devastating film. the film is so successfully about so many things; youth, growing up too quickly, not growing up quickly enough, escape, isolation,… More
Eric Broome
Starts off charming, but the couple's naivete and youthful mood swings eventually turn a bit irritating. Lovely views of small-town Sweden, though.
Cassandra Maples
A chronological retrospective of the work of the late Ingmar Bergman is likely to prove frustrating to begin with, as, of all great artists, he was the classic… More
Antonius Block
One of Ingmar Bergman's earlier efforts, from 1953, about a young couple who quit their jobs and run away on an impulse to spend an idyllic summer in the… More
Luke Baldock
It's Not So Badlands, as two lovers go on the run, or the river to be more precise for some summer lovin'. It's realistic and comments… More
Chris Browning
Dealing with many themes closely related to his previous film "Summer Interlude" and taking place during Summer as well, "Summer with… More