Cast & Crew
At the end of 10 years of marriage, Louise has withdrawn into conformity, playing out the roles of middle-class wife and mother. Now, while still in her early thirties, she finds herself a widow. At her husband's funeral she meets Fredrik, an exuberant, open-hearted Pole working as a travel agent in Stockholm. He wants to become better acquainted; Louise agrees; and before long Fredrik moves into the apartment she shares with her mother and son. He encourages her on a path of joyful sensuality that brings a resurgence of life; her mother, Marta, and son, Jakob, find happiness in watching her solemn façade fall away. Mistrustful of binding ties, the couple abandon themselves to a celebration of physical love. Louise reveals the frustration and boredom of marriage to a man whose business left no time for pleasure, while Fredrik tells her of his past involvements and restless need to move on. Gradually the lovers reverse their roles; Louise revels in her newly-discovered sexual freedom, while Fredrik matures in the relationship and begins to take life more seriously. Eventually he proposes, and though Louise is uncertain, they agree that their shared physical joy has introduced them to love.
Manuel Costa E Silva
Eje Thelin's Quintet
Released in Sweden in August 1964 as Att älska at 95 min.
Winner of the Best Actress Prize (Andersson) at the 1964 Venice Film Festival.
Shown at 1964 Venice Film Festival.
Shown at New York Film Festival September 22, 1964.