The Wayward Girl / Young Sinners
Ung flukt, black and white Norwegian drama, 1959, dir: Edith Carlmar, Language: Norwegian, Subtitles: English, 95’
Directed by Edith Carlmar
Screenplay by Otto Carlmar
Director of photography: Sverre Bergli
Music by Bjarne Amdahl
Cast: Liv Ullmann, Atle Merton, Rolf Søder
Production: Carlmar Film
The parents of Anders, born into a well-off, middle-class family, are against him continuing his relationship with Gerd. And on the basis of the first few scenes, we have to say they are right. Gerd isn’t the type of girl a somewhat strict father would warm to. She doesn’t go on a date with Anders, he tears up the cinema tickets, wanders about angrily and at that moment sees the girl along with a few friends disembarking from a boat and being arrested by the Oslo police. Anders steals his parents’ car and elopes with the girl, who is attracted to the audacious actions of the boy. Together, they find refuge in a rundown log cabin in the forest. The female lead is played by Liv Ullmann in her first credited part, a bold film that could be termed a ‘relationship thriller’ far from the self-seeking intellectual woman we see her playing in later films. She remains memorable for her striptease scene.
Introduction: Paulina Reizi, Projectleader, EYE.