Summer with Monika

Synopsis: Harry Lund is a nineteen-year-old man who meets Monika, a romantic, reckless and rebellious seventeen-year-old, and they fall in love. They leave their families and jobs in their small town, Harry gets his father's boat and they spend the summer together in an isolated island. Monika gets pregnant, and Harry decides to marry her. He grows up, gets a job and returns to his studies, trying to improve their lives and raise their daughter June, while Monika just wants to have fun.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ingmar Bergman
Production: Svensk Filmindustri
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min


- Time for a beer, boys.

- Great.

Hey, got a match?

I forgot mine.

I'm sure I do.


Spring's here. Did you notice?

- Yes.

People shouldn't work

on a day like this.

No, it's really crazy.

Let's go away

and never come back.

We'll see the whole wide world.

You game?

Sure, let's go.

- You work at Forsberg's, right?

- In the stockroom.

- Dull?

- Yeah.

- You know where I work?

- Yeah.

It must be cold there.

I thought I'd freeze

my ass off last winter.


have you seen Song of Love?

It's showing at the Garbio.

Would you like to...

See it with you?

That would be terrific.

- If you're free tonight, I'll get tickets.

- Great!

I've gotta go.

See you at the theater around 7:00.


I guess spring's here after all.

Yeah, damn it.

- Where is that damned boy?

- Gone again, but I'll give him an earful.

- I want invoices when he gets back.

- All right.

Did he go to the old folks' home?

I promised he'd be there by 3:00.

He's always dawdling,

and now he's disappeared.

Push him harder, Johan.

This isn't a rest home.

Send him downstairs for some 53s,

if there are any.

Unless the darned kid took the last

and didn't write it down.

Where the blazes have you been?

What do you mean,

disappearing like that?

Well, I...

Go get some 53s,

and jump to it.

We're all out.

I said so yesterday.

All out?

I've told you before:

Always write it down!

- But I told...

- No excuses!

Go get some 28s.

- What about the old folks' home?

- It's ready to go.

That blasted kid's

always trying to sneak off.

Where are my invoices?

Did he go for coffee again?

Of course.

I'll bring you the invoices myself.

Any 28s left?

- Ten dozen at least.

If only I could trust you,

but I have to double-check everything.

Did you break something again?

- They slipped.

- Slipped!

And where are my invoices?

How many times...

No use yelling at him.

I'll bring them.

What invoices?

New ones, obviously.

Monthly accounts. I'll do it myself.

Get to the old folks' home,

and step on it!

You puttin' down roots there, kid?

Move it!

Wasn't she lovely?


Some people have it all.

A beautiful house.

Everyone's nice to them.

They drive around

in brand-new cars

and go dancing in fancy clubs.

Look at that pretty blouse.

- Where?

Here in the window.

Very nice.


you have to hold me

or I'll freeze.

You may kiss me now, Harry.

I guess we kinda

like each other, huh?


I'm crazy about you.

There's no one but you.

Only you.

I'm freezing.

We can't sit here much longer.

Hold me once more

before we go.

You're not mad at me, are you?

I like you.

- Are you sure?

- Dead sure.

Let's go.

- Hi.

- Hi. You're here already?

Do you have to go home

before our date?

Not really,

but I've got my work clothes on,

and my old coat.

You see, I thought

we could eat at my place.

Dad's in a boating club,

and they're meeting today.

He's eating out with the guys

before the meeting.

So I thought we might...

You're so sweet.

It'll be such fun.

Almost like we're married.

You're so sweet,

not like the others at all.

Like right out of a movie.

Let's go.

What a lovely place you've got.

I wish our place was like this,

but the kids

would break everything.

Who's this?

- My mother.

She died when I was eight.

Poor little Harry.

Sit down while we wait

for the kettle to boil.

A little something for you.

For me?

Oh, they're so stylish!

Thanks so much!

It's nothing.

Feel how soft your stockings are.

It's your leg that's soft.

- It's your leg now.

- Then I'll keep it here.

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Per Anders Fogelström

Per Anders Fogelström (22 August 1917, Stockholm – 20 June 1998) was a Swedish writer, and one of the leading figures in modern Swedish literature. He spent his whole life in Stockholm, and the most famous of the more than 40 books he wrote in total is a series of five novels set in the Swedish capital that he dearly loved, describing the lives of successive generations of Stockholmers between 1860 and 1968: Mina Drömmars stad (City of My Dreams), published in 1960, covers the period from 1860-1880. Barn av sin stad (Children of Their City), published in 1962, covers 1880-1900. Minns du den stad (Remember the City), published in 1964, covers 1900-1925. I en förvandlad stad (In a City Transformed), published in 1966, covers 1925-1945. Stad i världen (City in the World), published in 1968, covers 1945-1968.All five novels have been published in an English translation by Jennifer Brown Bäverstam. A film adaptation of City of My Dreams (Swedish: Mina drömmars stad) was released in 1976, directed by Ingvar Skogsberg, with narration from Fogelström. The 1950 film While the City Sleeps (Swedish: Medan staden sover) was adapted by Ingmar Bergman and director Lars-Eric Kjellgren from Fogelström's novel, and Bergman's taboo-breaking 1953 film Summer with Monika (Swedish: Sommaren med Monika) is based on Fogelström's 1951 novel of the same name. An active pacifist, Fogelström served as director of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (Swedish: Svenska freds- och skiljedomsföreningen) from 1963 to 1977. He was also a member of the Swedish Vietnam Committee (Swedish: Svenska Vietnamkommittén), an organization opposing the Vietnam War, and a strong opponent of nuclear weapons. He received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University in 1976, and was awarded the Swedish royal medal Litteris et Artibus in 1996. After his death, a bust of Fogelström was unveiled in Stockholm City Hall. more…

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