Laila (1958)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Sweden  |  
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Filmed in 1958 and released to US television in 1963, Make Way for Lila is a lively Swedish "mountain" drama. Erika Nemberg plays Lila, who as a foundling was adopted and raised by a Lapland chieftain. Growing to maturity in the frozen Northlands, Lila enjoys an adventuresome existence. Obedient to her adoptive parents, Lila is prepared to settle down and marry the man of their choice--until she falls in love with handsome Joachim Hansen. Hansen turns out to be the better choice when Lila's fiance betrays a sadistic streak. Evocatively photographed by Sven Nykvist, Make Way for Lila was generously distributed by the low-budget American firm of Parade Pictures in the early 1960s, then vanished as if it had never existed.

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abandonment, adoption, love, love-choices, rescue