Night Games (1966)

Movie


Night Games (1966)
Nattlek (original title)

Jan returns with his fiancée to his childhood home. While there he flashes back to his childhood, twenty years before when he lived an unfettered life watched over by a strange great-aunt and a hedonistic and often neglectful mother and father. In particular he remembers watching his mother give birth to a stillborn child after refusing to go to the hospital in the middle of a party and his sexual obsession with his mother which included being caught by her while he was masturbating while listening to her read a bedtime story. In the present, his relationship with his fiancée grows more strained as his past begins to affect the way he acts in the present.
Sweden
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Creators
Director Mai Zetterling
Writer David Hughes
Writer Mai Zetterling
Information
Release Date1966-09-12
Runtime1h 45mins
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards1 win & 1 nomination.
CompanySandrews
CountrySweden
LanguageSwedish
Keve Hjelm
Keve Hjelm
Jan
Lauritz Falk
Lauritz Falk
Bruno
Rune Lindström
Rune Lindström
Albin
Christian Bratt
Christian Bratt
Erland
Axel Fritz
Axel Fritz
Alex
Willy Koblanck
Willy Koblanck
Doctor
Cleo Boman
Cleo Boman
Guest at Party
Monique Ernstdotter
Monique Ernstdotter
Guest at Party
Jay Allan
Jay Allan

Night Games (1966 film)

Night Games (Swedish: Nattlek) is a 1966 Swedish movie directed by Mai Zetterling and starring Ingrid Thulin. The film premiered at the 27th Venice International Film Festival where it was considered so controversial that it was shown to the jury in private. The film was also the cause of former child-star Shirley Temple's resignation from the San Francisco International Film Festival. Temple denounced the film as “pornography for profit” and was against it being shown at the festival.


Plot

Jan returns with his fiancée to his childhood home. While there he flashes back to his childhood, twenty years before when he lived an unfettered life watched over by a strange great-aunt and a hedonistic and often neglectful mother and father.

In particular he remembers watching his mother give birth to a stillborn child after refusing to go to the hospital in the middle of a party and his sexual obsession with his mother which included being caught by her while he was masturbating while listening to her read a bedtime story.

In the present, his relationship with his fiancée grows more strained as his past begins to affect the way he acts in the present.


Cast

  • Ingrid Thulin as Irene, the mother
  • Keve Hjelm as Jan, as an adult
  • Jörgen Lindström as Jan, age 12
  • Lena Brundin as Mariana
  • Naima Wifstrand as Astrid
  • Monica Zetterlund as Lotten
  • Lauritz Falk as Bruno
  • Rune Lindström as Albin
  • Christian Bratt as Erland
  • Lissi Alandh as Melissa