Originally regarded as an erotic exploitation film, Monika enjoyed reappraisal as Bergman gained international recognition. Here he first articulates his recognizable psychological affinity with the ocean shore in a story of naïve desire and doomed romance. Shy, bourgeois Harry (Lars Ekborg) and the sultry, restless Monika (Harriet Andersson), escape their dreary lives in Stockholm and take his father’s boat for a summer interlude in the islands. Their playful eroticism is counterpointed by a penetrating view of adolescent sexuality, angst, and dreams. Bergman paints his bittersweet love story in a naturalist style, from the lyrical beauty of the midnight sun to the gritty reality awaiting when Adam and Eve return from Eden. “The most original film of the most original of directors…it is to the cinema of today what Birth of a Nation was to the classical cinema.”—Jean-Luc Godard.