Review of På palmblad och rosor (1976)

Moving picture, 108 minutes

Seen in 2019.

One Saturday morning, a man delivers a TV extension cable to a cabin in the woods off a lumber road. To his surprise, the place is empty except for a little old lady, awake on her bed but completely senile and unresponsive to his presence. He becomes obsessed with her as a symbol of lost freedom: The freedom to fade away without anyone knowing. To die without bureaucracy.

Nicely understated, but the sexual relationship between Proppen and Gabriella is distractingly implausible, as is the ending.

moving picture fiction