Title: Det regnar på vår kärlek

Also known as:
It Rains on Our Love (English title)
Man with an Umbrella (Alternative English title)

Year: 1946

Genre: Drama / Romance

Language: Swedish

Runtime: 95 min

Director: Ingmar Bergman

Writer: Herbert Grevenius, Ingmar Bergman & Oskar Braaten (original play)

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038468/

Maggi meets David after she misses her train, and he convinces her to split a room at the Salvation Army's hotel with him for the night as she has no where else to go. The night turns into a one night stand, but they realize they are perfect for each other and soon fall in love. They are now trying to start a new life together, but it's not always that simple.

Our thoughts:
Hadn't this been Ingmar Bergman then I wouldn't have reviewed it on this site - c'mon, it's a typical drama / romance you'd see on TV here in Sweden any day of the year. But because we are supporters of Ingmar Bergman here, and I consider some of his later titles to be masterpieces, I thought I might as well go into his older titles as well. Especially since I knew Klubb Super 8 had released them. "Det regnar på vår kärlek" is the kind of Bergman film I can't praise too much because it's definitely out of my ordinary genre, and I honestly feel Bergman's early films, while still good, were just subpar in comparison to what he would later create.

The film starts with two people meeting each other at random and falling in love, and the rest of the film we follow them as they try to adapt and live together. The thing is that the man, David, has been in prison many times before and people quickly suspect him to be back to old habits of stealing. And Maggi has some secrets of her own that will come as a surprise to David, leaving him unsure about his decisions. But they can't deny the love they feel. The love that bloomed over a one night stand and an unfortunate night out in the rain that left Maggi with a strained ankle forces them to sneak into a seemingly empty cabin for the night, but the owner catches them in the act. With his sneaky ways he tricks them into renting the cabin from him, and their life together finally begins. But obstacles appear around every corner and within every human being, and their love is put to tests through-out, finally taking them to court.

You can't call the film exciting because most of the time it isn't. The closest we get to excitement is when things really take a turn for the worse, but that's mostly because the rest of the film is very safe. Only when things are going really bad do we realize this is a Bergman film - some tragic things can happen. But this isn't about depression or even the flaws in religion, this is actually a happy film, and you do feel good by the end of it. Hell, even the climax which is essentially a court room drama is fun because of the sarcastic attorney helping the couple.

This is Ingmar Bergman's second film and it's not up there with some of his best work. Hell, I can't say I will watch this film again. But it is a good movie that I believe delivers what it wanted. It's sad at times but will make you feel good by the end of it. It's a very simple film about a simple romance between two simple people who just happened to take some wrong paths in life, and now they want to live a simple life. So simple! It's definitely not bad, but feels like any other old drama and because of that you should either watch it because you like Ingmar Bergman and want to expand to his early films, or you just want to be classic for a bit.

Positive things:
- Great acting, as expected!
- It's a nice little feel-good movie.
- Fairly humorous.
- The angelic narrator/character.
- A good start for a great director.
Negative things:
- Something you'd find anywhere on TV in Sweden, and probably be bored of.
- It's not up there with Bergman's best films.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 2/5

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