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Raven's End

Bo Widerberg's semiautobiographical drama (1963) concerns a young factory hand in a provincial town who longs for a career as a novelist in Stockholm. Much of the story takes place in his family's tenement apartment, where his parents' disillusionment and mutual recrimination cast a pall as gloomy as the weather outside. Widerberg (Elvira Madigan) uses many camera tricks from the French New Wave to convey the boredom (and occasional exhilaration) of the family's daily grind, yet ultimately his tone suggests the social realism of King Vidor's The Crowd and Our Daily Bread. With Thommy Berggren, Keve Hjelm, and Emy Storm, all remarkably morose.

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