Sekstet (1964)

Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Denmark   |  
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The plot begins when six friends meet in a vacation home one rainy night and talk and talk and talk. Elaine (Ingrid Thulin) is a troubled author who has difficulty writing her next book. She takes to the bottle while trying desperately to keep the marriage to her second husband, Robert (Axel Strøbye), together. His affection for Elaine has waned, but he remains because he feels sorry for her teenage daughter, Rachel (Hanne Ulrich). Robert has an affair with Lena (Ghita Nørby), a woman seeking reassurance of her feminine power after her past two suitors turned homosexual. All six people are forced to spend the night together during a violent storm. Quite a few fine actors were lured into this pseudo-new wave nonsense directed by Annelise Hovmand and Johan Jacobsen -- veterans better known for folksy comedies and straight melodrama. They obviously thought they were doing a film like Bergman this time -- to the point of hiring Bergman-regular Ingrid Thulin, who must have been horrified when she saw the final script. The film was written by an advertising executive, if that's any explanation.



alcoholism, extramarital-affair, friendship, homosexual, teenagers, vacation, writing