Title: Susanne

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Year: 1960

Genre: Drama

Language: Swedish

Runtime: 87 min

Director: Elsa Colfach & Kit Colfach

Writer: Elsa Colfach & Kit Colfach

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054356/

Young Susanne starts hanging out with greasers who party, drink and have sex. When Susanne and Olle are trying to drive away from the cops they crash and have to go into surgery. After the surgery Susanne has changed - she becomes heartless and stops caring about anything.

Our Thoughts:
"Susanne" was made by a doctor and his wife in attempt to scare people from hanging with the wrong crowds and do bad things. But making a movie about it wasn't enough, to really get through to the audience they used authentic surgery footage for the surgery scene and even an authentic child birth (not graphic as you only see the baby when it's out). Did it work? Well, back in 1960 I can imagine it worked really well as I've heard that some people even fainted at the screenings. But 50 years later the film isn't as shocking, and teens today aren't exactly gonna be scared away from all their late night activities because of this film. The thing that makes this film work in 2010 is the entertainment value.

Everything about this film is a set up to show you the bad sides of drinking and driving, having sex and running from problems. Our lead, Susanne, is a girl who starts hanging out with the wrong people and end up in a car crash. The driver in the other car dies, but Susanne and Olle survive. After the car crash Susanne is like a new person, she becomes worse than any of the people she hangs out with, and after a passionate night with Olle she becomes pregnant. It's really just trying to tell you what not to do. As I said, 50 years later this tactic doesn't work. But it's very entertaining still and nice to see a scare movie that works better as an actual movie. Many of them tend to be a lot more documentary-ish (not to say this film doesn't have that in some aspects too).

Susanne Ulfsäter does a good job as the lead, she's probably the only actor I would say is good from the cast. There are some bad dubbing (it was added after filming) that may or may not be the actor's fault, but to Swedes I think the dubbing just adds to the entertainment. You're not watching it for the dialogue anyway.

If you enjoy other Swedish films from 60's and 70's, I think you will find this to be a great one for the collection. It's out on a great DVD with English subtitles and I think it's well worth getting. It's a film that hasn't aged well at all, its only purpose of existing has fell flat through the ages and all that's left is an entertaining drama film that becomes even more so when you think about the reasons for it. It's a treasure for those of us who wants to find enjoyable Swedish films between all the shitty ones.

Positive things:
- Entertaining!
- Fans of the "Swedish sin" will enjoy it.

Negative things:
- Not exactly a film you take seriously.
- Some of the dubbing.
- There's like two tiny tit-scenes here, I expected a bit more.

Gore: 1/5
Nudity: 2/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 2/5

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