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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 »

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Dagmar Brink
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Anders Wikner - Author
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Britt Wikner
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Elias Körner - Artist
Gösta Cederlund ...
Banker
Karl-Arne Holmsten ...
Willy Borge - Singer
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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
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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

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6 March 1950 (Sweden)  »

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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.
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Edited into Dårskapens hus (1951) See more »

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Mach dir um mich bitte keine Sorgen
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Composed by Gerhard Winkler
German lyrics by Guenther Schwenn
Swedish lyrics by Anita Haldén
Sung by Karl-Arne Holmsten
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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".


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