Summer Paradise


Time Out says

Produced by Bergman and dealing with tensions between a family and friends gathered in the country to celebrate midsummer's eve, Gunnel Lindblom's debut as a director seemed all too likely to fall foul of terminal Swedish gloom. But she is clearly too talented and sensitive to be heavy-handed about her ideas, and the film carries an affecting sense of its characters' continuing existence outside the film's time/space. From reactionary father and middle-aged doctor daughter to disturbed adolescent, Lindblom displays a serious commitment to portraying complex human behaviour and emotions. There are no facile answers here; there is as fine a depiction of family life, friendship, and especially middle-age, as one is likely to see on film. Any occasional unsureness of tone is easily overcome by superb central performances from Valberg and Ruud.


Release details

113 mins

Cast and crew

Gunnel Lindblom
Ulla Isaksson, Gunnel Lindblom
Birgitta Valberg
Sif Ruud
Margaretha Byström
Agneta Ekmanner
Solveig Ternström
Holger Löwenadler
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