ANITA, SWEDISH NYMPHET
Anita - Christina Lindberg
Stellan SkarsgŚrd -
December 25, 1973
This erotic tale centers on the
alluring Anita, whose search for love leads to an empty life of
nymphomania. Her self-destructive path takes a new turn when she
meets college student Erik, who tries to help her overcome her
addiction. Erik plays the role of counselor as Anita slowly reveals
her troubled past.
There are several versions of the film,
including a US version with hardcore inserts which were shot later
without Lindberg's participation. The hardcore version has never been
released on DVD.
Anita is a girl of only 16 years, and
while she has developed early physically, to a mature woman, she is
psychologically completely ruthless. Her relationship the her parents
and her friends is very poor and she is regarded with contempt by the
people around her, even by the men who so ruthlessly use her.
During her troubles she meets Erik, a
young psychology student. Gently and carefully he begins to undo her
psychological blocks. In the course of this treatment, she reveals to
him some of the shocking episodes of her previous experience and how an
inner compulsion forces her into humiliating debauchery in dangerous
Erik believes he has the solution
to Anita's problems: to let her move into an artist's communal
experiment, of which he is already a member. The common interest of this
collective is largely the performing of classical music. Anita's
presence in the collective, however, is regarded by some of the other
girls as highly provocative.
Anita's nymphomania is her means of
protest against her parents, school, society and her own environment.
Erik holds a scientific theory that Anita will be free of her sexual
fixation if she were once able to experience a true orgasm. He therefore
tries to get her to see clearly, and with some insight, the breadth of
her psychological situation. Against the background of the intensive
battle that Anita carries on with the self-destructive drives within
her, grows the depth of feeling that bind her and Erik together. She is
no longer simply a "case" for him. Anita discovers that Erik is the one
man whom she both wants to, and can, remain together with.