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4.0 out of 5 stars Flipping heck Tucker, Sir's got the hots for your bird !, 28 Jun 2006
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L. Davidson (Belfast, N.Ireland) - See all my reviews
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"Torment" is an absorbing film based around an unlikely love triangle between a mild mannered and earnest schoolboy,Jan Erik, his Latin teacher and a depressive lush of a tobacconists shop assistant. The Latin teacher is a bit of a misanthropic bully and he is like a cross between Himmler and Mr Bronson from "Grange Hill". His bark is worse than his bite; maybe. The monochrome film is shot impressively and acted well by all of the main characters involved . The love triangle ends in tragedy and classroom tensions spill over into the family and social life of Jan Erik. "Torment" is well paced , well acted and the picture and sound quality are excellent too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Bergman, 16 Jan 2012
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A must for all avid Berman fans - of which I am one. Every one of his films (with perhaps the exception of the dreadful Serpent's Egg) has something to offer. For me, it's Bergman's realistic view of the world as a mess; the torment of people's inner world, mirrored often (but not always) by their outer world. He really gets to the heart of what ails us as human beings. As one of the characters in Torment says: "Wait, you'll see how rotten everything is. It's truly ingenious". Strangely, I don't find his films depressing at all - because they are about real life in all its horror, they are refreshing to watch and leave you feeling "clean" and less alone in the world. "Torment" is no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better than I thought, 28 Dec 2008
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The story is tragic yet leaves you feeling good at the end! It's set in a school and has a nasty teacher character. The desire to see this bad guy come to a bad end, for me, overshadows the tragic love story that is simultaneously being played alongside this, i.e., love triangle between pupil, nasty teacher and tobaccanist girl. What happens at the end?......... It's not what I thought or hoped for.......it's a positive film made by a Swedish culture of embracing depression!
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