Bedre enn sitt rykte (1955)
Edith Carlmar was one the most prolific filmmakers in Norway in 1950s, hence arguably one of few female directors who could boast being amongst the leading national filmmakers at the time. She worked together with writer-husband Otto Carlmar, and created more renowned films such as Fjols til fjels (1957) and Lån meg din kone (1958), and Ung flukt (1959), which was Liv Ullman's debut film.
Bedre enn sitt rykte is an enjoyable and well-played film depicting the antics of "russen" (a traditional Scandinavian/Norwegian celebration for students who graduate from upper secondary school and are ready for universities) back in 1955. Carlmar shows a fine command of the comedy and the romance alike, and "russen" are portrayed in a good-natured and positive, but also rather candid way. The film is surprisingly explicit on sexual themes and has stood the test of time well, discussing issues which are still recognizable and relevant for people the same age today. The scene in the teachers' lounge is particularly descriptive, as the Carlmars suggest the cyclic nature of how the old tend to consider the young depraved, lazy and immoral.
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