Title: Baksmälla

Also known as:
Hangover (USA)
Memory of Love
Lovelier Than Love (English re-cut title)
Tenderness (International title)

Year: 1973

Genre: Drama / Erotica

Language: Swedish / English

Runtime: 79 min

Director: Jörn Donner

Writer: Jörn Donner

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069764/

The morning after can be a bitch. This is something our leading man agrees to when he wakes up next to a woman, with a wedding ring on his finger.

Our Thoughts:
I am at a loss of words, really. I am trying hard to figure out how this movie ties together. For some reason I was lost already in the beginning and couldn't find something to hold on to. My idea of the story is that it goes back and forth. It starts out with a man who wakes up next to a woman, and he's married. He's pissed since he never wanted to get married. But then I think it throws us ahead of time, and we see them further into the relationship. But I can't guarantee that this is what happens, because meanwhile there's also a different woman in the movie that walks around naked in the house. Is that woman the same one as his wife? No, because she's foreign, doesn't look like her, and she ends up meeting the wife. Hold on, did he marry that girl and is she the one he woke up next to in the beginning? If that's the case, is he married to two people? I could go on with my questions, because I honestly don't know what the hell was going on.

After a while I didn't care so I tried to just enjoy the film for what it was, and didn't have a terrible time. I think story-wise it was bad because the director obviously doesn't know how to tell a story, but the nudity mixed in with some of the dialogue made it decent. I did enjoy the parts towards the ending where they talk about what they would like to do instead of being married to eachother, there was something interesting about that as far as relationships go. Other than that I couldn't find much in the story worth checking out.

The acting was decent, it's the typical Swedish oldie film so you knew what was coming. I think Jörn Donner who played our lead did a good job because his acting was so... tired and almost drunk. He seemed genuinely hungover and didn't really focus too much on delivering the lines other than that. It helped.

Perhaps this film is a skipper, but if you have the chance to see it and you enjoy simple Swedish erotica stories, why not? The DVD comes with a different cut of the movie too, an English cut with the title "Lovelier Than Love", which seems to be a very different cut. Not only does it have a lot more nudity, but it has more actresses showing it, and I think maybe they even re-cut the story too. One day I will take the time to check it out so I can compare.

Positive things:
- Jörn Donner and Diana Kjaers are doing well in the movie.
- Some dialogue and the nudity made it watchable.

Negative things:
- Confusing.
- Nothing special.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 3.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 1/5

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