A Swede young thing.
Young, sweet Inga (Christina Lindberg) leaves her repressive home for a short visit to her sister Greta (Monica Ekman) and Greta’s boyfriend Carsten (Krister Ekman) in the big city. While there she gets to cast off the shackles of small-town life or farm or whatever and enjoy some freedom for the first time ever. She also gets to cast off the shackles of being overdressed, which is just fine with this old deviant….
On her way to her sister’s place, Inga changes her clothes in the train, much to the joy of an onlooker, and that sets the scene for her emancipation. She discovers in the real world that men are predatory and seek nothing more than to enjoy her body, her permission notwithstanding. This theme of men taking what they want from Inga is constant throughout the film as she first dreams or fantasizes about being gang-raped and then is actually raped by Carsten’s friend Bjorn (Leif Naeslund) before Carsten takes a crack at her himself. This sort of behavior will result in Inga not getting invited back by Greta.
The sex in this film – for Inga anyway – is all the result of rape. When she dreams about sex, she’s either watching others or being raped, when she goes out with Bjorn the Viking, she’s raped, when she takes a bath to get some of Bjorn’s mead out of her mead-hall, she’s attacked by Carsten. This is not the recommended method of treating young women … well, some people recommend treating young women like this, but we can safely ignore them and let them carry on their creepy political careers. Now, most of us non-politicians will agree that rape is wrong, but here it follows the style of the 70s in a way that somehow was not as offensive then because women were too busy making tasty dinners to be bothered by rape.
So the sex is of the you’ll like it when you try it and if you don’t want to try it we’ll make sure you try it anyway, so it’s like having sex with your mother. Perhaps that’s not the most erotic thing for you, but that’s not the point, this movie has lots of shots of Christina Lindberg‘s charms and that’s great. In a strange 70s European way, this film is the sexual awakening of Inga as, for the first time away from home, she is allowed to explore a side of her personality that would otherwise lie dormant. Anyway, Inga learns that sex is pleasant when done properly and that all the men see her as a tasty treat. This is all true. Furthermore, Inga finds that sex complicates life and, despite the freedom she feels, she goes home as if nothing ever happened.
While she underwent an awakening in the big city, it seems that she shed her innocence in more ways that one as she not only learned about sex, but what about what utter bastards men can be, especially older men who have no compunction about raping young women. Essentially, Inga is trapped in her home. Her family is repressive and controlling to the point that, when she returns home, she knows things will go back to the way they were and she effortlessly lies to them about what happened. The look on her face, in the closing scene, when she tells her very naïve friend that she’ll have to ask her mother for permission to even go out with a boy to the movies, shows that something within her has changed. She’s now a woman, for whatever that’s worth.