Ung flukt (1959)
Renowned today for its thematics and for being Liv Ullman's debut film, Ung flukt is an interesting effort which in the end isn't one of Edith Carlmar's better films. The many interesting character relations and mechanisms going on between our protagonists make the film fascinating in its first half, with Carlmar discussing how the difference between safe middle class homes and unstable single-parenting can affect children (the effect of a missing father will seem over-analysed by today's audiences), as well as the conflict between the youth generation and their parents. The latter is, as with many other of her films (e.g. Bedre enn sitt rykte) what Carlmar does best, and incidentally, the characters of Stenersen and Foss seem to touch upon more relevant material than what is conveyed through Merton and Ullman. The latter is strikingly beautiful and youthful, but also somewhat unpolished in her acting. Unfortunately, her scenes with Rolf Søder, which are so crucial for the effect of Ung flukt's latter part, do not contain the amount of energy and attraction which they should.