Port Of Call

2711. PORT OF CALL (1948-Sweden). Directed by INGMAR BERGMAN. This very early effort from the hand of the legendary Ingrnar Bergman is at once a highly atmospheric, erotically charged and deeply human drama in which the director bares the souls of his two main characters. The first is Gosta, a lonely seaman who has just arrived in a port city and who has signed off his ship. Gosia bunks with an old shipmate and takes a job as a longshoreman. One night on a crowded dance floor, he meels a sensitive and troubled young woman named Berit. Sne works in a factory, wrestles with memories of a profoundly unhappy childhood and contends with her cruelly cynical and insensitive mother. It is no surprise that Berit is forever despondent. “No one can understand how I long to be myself,” she observes. Indeed, in the film’s first sequence she unsuccessfully attempls suicide. Berit and Gosta are attracted to each other, and they commence an intensely sexual relationship. Matters are sure to become complicated when Berit chooses not to tell Gosta what she hopes will remain a secret from her past: She had spent time in a correctional institution from which she currently is on probation. Then, Berit finds herself compromised after arranging for a friend’s abortion. After watching this riveting film, you will understand exactly why Bergman was to go on to become one of the world’s great filmmakers. In Swedish with English subtitles. 96 minutes. Drama