Mai Zetterling: Loving Couples



Grand Illusion Cinema Sat, Aug 6 4:00 PM
Grand Illusion Cinema Mon, Aug 8 7:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1964
Production Country:Sweden
Original Langauge:Swedish
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mai Zetterling
Cast:Harriet Andersson
Gunnel Lindblom
Gio Petré
Anita Björk
Gunnar Björnstrand
Screenwriter:Mai Zetterling
David Hughes


Part of DIRECTED BY MAI ZETTERLING, four new restorations by the Swedish actor and director, famed for her collaborations with Ingmar Bergman, Nicolas Roeg, and Ken Loach. Co-presented with the National Nordic Museum.

Adapted from a seven-novel cycle by Agnes von Krusenstjerna, Mai Zetterling’s debut directorial feature is as bold and provocative as its source material. Set on the eve of World War I, Loving Couples depicts the divergent social, romantic, and familial pressures that lead three women whose stories are intertwined (Harriet Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom, and Gio Petré) to pregnancy. Though contributions from legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist as well as Ingmar Bergman cast regulars Andersson, Lindblom, and Gunnar Björnstrand evoke Bergman’s work, Zetterling evinces a confidently distinct vision in her investigation of the complexities—and illusions—of marriage, childbirth, gender, and sexuality. New DCP restoration courtesy Swedish Film Institute and Janus Films.