Lillemor falls in love with dance instructor Robert, a black American man, and a lot of people in her surroundings are reacting badly towards her choice. But she doesn't care, they are in love, and they will go over every bump to be happy together.
It's hard to know what you will get from Klubb Super 8 releases. I mean, most of the time it's classic and forogtten erotica or pornography, but they essentially release anything that is part of Swedish history. With "Vill så gärna tro" they really nailed it - they didn't just release a good movie that was desperate to be seen, but they packed the release with a full soundtrack CD and an interview with a few of the people from the movie. The movie is being promoted as being a movie that both Johnny Nash and Bob Marley made music for (making this soundtrack quite an important thing for music lovers), and rightfully so because the music does indeed stand out - and during the time of making the movie, the music scene changed drastically in Sweden. Coincidence? Who knows.
Johnny Nash also plays the role of Robert, an American, opposite of Christina Schollin as Lillemor. Lillemor is taking dance lessons but is far from good, and Robert is a dance instructor there. A love grows between them, but it's not to everyone's liking. They feel it's not appropriate for Lillemor to get involved with a black man, something which Lillemor has barely noticed. They don't care, and their relationship grows stronger. Lillemor's son loves Robert like a father, and her mother is slowly accepting Robert, but still some things are disturbing their sweet relationship.
Clearly a movie that stirred up a few things back in the early 70's, but today there's no controversy left in it. It touches on racism, but I am glad it never dived deeper into it. It mostly shows in a few characters reacting badly, but it never becomes a thing that breaks up the relationship. Instead there are a few other things that end up stirring shit up for them. The movie could easily have gone to extreme lengths to highlight the racial issue much like how "Susanne" was made to scare people from doing bad things, but "Vill så gärna tro" always remains a romantic drama of two people hopelessly in love. Which was much to my liking.
The very sweet and (today) innocent "Vill så gärna tro" still works. It touches on universal themes and often handles it very well. By now we have all seen thousands of similar stories, but it doesn't matter that "Vill så gärna tro" feels predactible as a result - it's just a nice little experience. For fans of Johnny Nash and Bob Marley, I am sure this is quite a catch. While I think the music is very notable, I am more impressed by Johnny Nash and Christina Schollin in the lead roles, as they both carry the movie with confidence. If you want a good, romantic Swedish classic then don't miss out on this.