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Crisis 12 rating

Ingmar Bergman’s intriguing directorial debut, in which a young woman is torn between the traditional rural life of her family and the bright lights of the big city.

Drama 1945 93 mins

Director: Ingmar Bergman


Bergman’s directorial debut, adapted from a play, is a melodrama about a young woman torn between her loving foster mother and her hitherto neglectful birth mother, who promises a more exciting life in the city. In contrast to the more schematic aspects of the plot, the scenes involving (soon-to-be Bergman regular) Olin as a diabolical but troubled gigolo presage the dark complexities to come in the great director's later works.