what an absolutely lovely film ! The progression of the teenagers love is handled so beautifully,from merely glancing at one another,to dealing through intermediaries because of shyness and fear of rejection,to the first kiss and a growing,deepening affection.so realistic when Par is humiliated by the local bully in front of his girlfriend and he thinks things are over and she will not be interested in him again,only to be replaced and healed by a loving embrace which makes all right again.
The lead performances are superb,one minute acting like kids,the next as intense lovers.This is best seen when they have the house to themselves for a night;messing about with the tape recorder and guitar,eating rather dry looking salami on bread yet,all the time one can feel the tension rising to the inevitable conclusion when they explore each others bodies and then sleep together for the night.Do they take each others virginity? one would expect so,yet Anneka is only 13 and Par so obviously loves her that he would not want to hurt her.Perhaps they just love being close,feeling safe in each others arms.Then in the morning,there they are larking about just like kids again dancing on the bed. This lovely scene was shot in 1970,if there was a remake today,one can be sure that the sexual element would have been much more explicit,but would it have been any better? I doubt it.
As to the final portion which is dominated by the dysfunctional,bizarre and zany antics of the so called "adults".Surely,the lovers safely and quietly snuggled down in some secure out house act as a contrast to the ructions going on outside.As john rants about his daughter being "rich,rich ,rich",there she is,really forgotten about,but safe,secure and loved in the arms of Par.
A truly lovely story,beautifully acted.