Port of Call

  |  Book Tickets: 03/06/1959
  |  Buy to Own: 06/12/2004
  |  100 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Typically stark and reflective early film by Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman, set on the waterfront of the bleak Gothenburg harbour. Berit Holm (Nine-Christine Jönsson) is a lonely and disturbed young woman who has worked as a prostitute and spent years in mental institutions. When she meets impoverished deckhand Goesta (Bengt Eklund), the two begin a romance, but Gosta struggles to overcome his puritanical attitude towards Berit's difficult past. A brooding and uncompromising tale of oppressive and destructive relationships, the film takes an unusual turn for the positive in the final scenes, presenting a 'happy ending' that nevertheless, in true Bergman style, leaves many problems unresolved.