7.7/10
489
2 user 4 critic

Girl with Hyacinths (1950)

Flicka och hyacinter (original title)
The young Dagmar Brink commits suicide. Her belongings are inherited by the resident caretaker in the house she lived in. The caretaker, who never knew her, wonders why and make contact ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Banketten (1948)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Jacob Cotten is a rich banker, quickly approaching his 60th birthday. He is concerned that none of his sons are willing to or able to be in charge of the bank. One is a spoiled parasite ... See full summary »

Director: Hasse Ekman
Stars: Ernst Eklund, Elsa Carlsson, Sture Lagerwall
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Police lieutenant Nyman is murdered in his hospital bed and Martin Beck and his colleagues have another murder to solve. They discover that Nyman was a very tough policeman who received ... See full summary »

Director: Bo Widerberg
Stars: Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt, Sven Wollter, Thomas Hellberg
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Is man's existence really meaningful and hopeful? As a reply to Ingmar Bergman's Prison (1949), this movie claims that it is. A ring passes between a lot of different people, giving the ... See full summary »

Director: Hasse Ekman
Stars: Hilda Borgström, Gunnar Olsson, Sigge Fürst
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An aspiring young writer lives in a bleak working class block in the late 1930s.

Director: Bo Widerberg
Stars: Thommy Berggren, Keve Hjelm, Emy Storm
Adalen 31 (1969)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During a strike strike-breakers are being transported to Lunde, where they are assaulted by the strikers. The military are sent in. On the 14th May 1931 there is a confrontation between ... See full summary »

Director: Bo Widerberg
Stars: Peter Schildt, Kerstin Tidelius, Roland Hedlund
Körkarlen (1921)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A working class teenager comes of age in 1910s rural Sweden, moving from job to job and meeting a variety of individuals who gradually shape his future.

Director: Jan Troell
Stars: Eddie Axberg, Gudrun Brost, Ulla Akselson
Elvira Madigan I (1967)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Danish tightrope dancer Elvira Madigan meets Lieutenant Sixten Sparre, a Swedish officer who is married and has two children. They both decide to run away.

Director: Bo Widerberg
Stars: Pia Degermark, Thommy Berggren, Lennart Malmer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Embittered woman, leader of a criminal gang, has a change of heart.

Director: Gustaf Molander
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Tore Svennberg, Anders Henrikson
Joe Hill (1971)
Certificate: GP Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

About the life and death of the legendary Swedish/American agitator Joe Hill.

Director: Bo Widerberg
Stars: Thommy Berggren, Anja Schmidt, Kelvin Malave
Barnvagnen (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Following his manifesto for a new Swedish cinema, director Widerberg started his career with this realist tale of young woman, Britt, who has two flings, but finds herself with difficult decisions when she finds herself pregnant.

Director: Bo Widerberg
Stars: Inger Taube, Thommy Berggren, Lars Passgård
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Gianni, Nicola and Antonio become close friends in 1944 while fighting the Nazis. After the end of the war, full of illusions, they settle down. The movie is a the story of the life of ... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Stefania Sandrelli
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Dagmar Brink
...
Anders Wikner - Author
...
Britt Wikner
...
Elias Körner - Artist
Gösta Cederlund ...
Banker
Karl-Arne Holmsten ...
Willy Borge - Singer
...
Capt. Brink - Dagmar's Husband
Marianne Löfgren ...
Gullan Wiklund - Actress
Björn Berglund ...
Police Insp. Lövgren
Anne-Marie Brunius ...
Dagmar's Friend from Paris
Gösta Gustafson ...
Man with Etchings
Sven-Eric Gamble ...
Kalle
Sigbrit Molin ...
Kalle's Girlfriend (as Sigbritt Molin)
Gudrun Brost ...
Körner's Friend
Edit

Storyline

The young Dagmar Brink commits suicide. Her belongings are inherited by the resident caretaker in the house she lived in. The caretaker, who never knew her, wonders why and make contact with the people who knew her to find out why she killed herself. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 March 1950 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Girl with Hyacinths  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(AGA Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Britt Wikner: Anders! There's a man here who wants to talk to you.
Anders Wikner: I don't have time. Tell him to go to hell!
Britt Wikner: He's from the police!
Anders Wikner: All the more reason. I haven't done anything bad.
See more »

Connections

Edited into Dårskapens hus (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Nu tändas tusen juleljus
(uncredited)
Composed by Emmy Köhler
Lyrics by Emmy Köhler
Musical Arrangement by Mats Bergström
Sung by children's choir
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Eva Henning commits suicide and Ulf Palme looks into why
28 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Girl with Hyacinths" is an excellent Swedish film noir, dating from 1950. The lead actress, Eva Henning, was married to the director, Hasse Ekman, at the time. Ekman was a rival to Ingmar Bergman, who said of this movie "An absolute masterpiece. 24 carats. Perfect." This is cited in a very helpful and laudatory review at "Lolita's Classics" blogspot.

Early in the film, Henning's character, Dagmar Brink, commits suicide. She is a young and attractive woman, and we wonder why. She leaves her belongings to her neighbors, Ulf Palme and Birgit Tengroth, who are also curious. Palme, a sympathetic writer, embarks on the project of seeking out people who knew Dagmar Brink, in order to figure out her suicide. The story is a mystery in structure. Flashbacks then reveal the life of Brink and her interactions with about 4 different men earlier in her short life during World War 2. These male characters are sharply, fully and critically drawn. The negatives of these men, and by inference of Swedish society and all men everywhere, are a major aspect of the film.

At the very end, Palme remains in the dark, but his wife learns something essential about Dagmar Brink which she does not reveal to her husband. We learn too.

"Girl with Hyacinths" is definitely a dark film, figuratively and actually. Suicide is not a crime, but artistically it functions as such in the noir vocabulary. The men that Dagmar Brink encounters are not criminals, but they function as insensitive moral code breakers. I'd place this movie into a noir category that includes other personal noirs such as "Pitfall", "Letters from an Unknown Woman", "The Lost Moment" and "Specter of the Rose".


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?