Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jan Halldoff - Rötmånad aka Dog Days (1970)

Christina Lindberg's film debut as a 17 year old girl that is forced to prostitute herself, while her father waits on drinks for the customers.
The hairdresser Assar Gustafsson's wife Sally turns up in the pair's country cottages. She has been disappeared in five years. Sally has been prostituted and now she put her 17 year old daughter Bella in work. The public swimming-pool on the pier becomes a drive in brothel for male summer visitors. Assar fails with his protests and he plans to kill Sally and he shoot Bella's boyfriend in cold blod. Then the revenge beginns.The film's manuscripts is made by the director Jan Halldoff, the producer Bengt Forslund and the author Lars's Forssell, member of the Swedish Academy.

This hasn't been the most stimulating Edinburgh Film Festival. But if there hade to be a two-week shindig to justify the screening of this one film in particular, then it's all been worth while. Dog Days is that much of a delight. (--) Of the Festival's 250 or so entries, Dog Days is the one with well nigh everything. Superb performances from Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt as the Hulotish husband, Ulla Sjoblom as the scheming wife and Ernst Günther as a neighbour. Christina Lindberg defies all normal males not to rivet their eyes on her, in and out of her clothes. The colour, the photography, the snappily subtitled script, the direction -- even the spaniel which dolefully observes the scene -- make this a thoroughly entertaining, maybe face-saving film for the Festival."
(John Gibson, Evening News, 27.8.1971)

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