Baby Carriage | Chicago Reader

Baby Carriage

Unlike older generations of Swedish directors, Bo Widerberg grew up in a working-class milieu, which provides the backdrop for his 1963 theatrical debut, about a teenage factory girl (Inger Taube) who learns to assert her independence from immature men. Its mishmash style draws from both the French New Wave and Britain's “kitchen-sink” realism: Jan Troell's crisp cinematography captures the drab, stifling everyday life of an industrial town, yet the handheld pans and zooms heighten its precariousness. The largely improvised acting is quite effective, in particular the girl's angst-ridden discussions with the upper-class, intellectual love interest (Widerberg favorite Thommy Berggren). Though Widerberg glamorizes the rebellion and protofeminism symbolized by the arrival of rock 'n' roll in Sweden, his uplifting conclusion hits just the right note.

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