Monday, September 16, 2013

Elvira Madigan

Elvira Madigan was a tightrope walker in the late 1800s who ran off with a Swedish military officer and attempted to live simply in the Dutch countryside before realizing the harsh societal truths and deciding their ultimate fate. Director Bo Widerberg seems contented here with his luminous photography, which is gorgeous and was highly praised in its day, but lacks a narrative thrust or anything else really that would make this stilted period piece of interest.