In one climactic scene of Erotikon, a woman is shocked, SHOCKED, to find out that a man thinks that she is having an affair. Of course she wants to be having an affair, with him, but no such thing has happened yet.

Her husband, for his part, is in love with his niece (it’s the times), or at very least her cooking.

These two questionable love affairs make up what has to be one of the more charming romantic comedies that was ever made. And perhaps the first to ask the eternal question “what the hell is wrong with the sex life of Swedish people.”

The film is notable for its overlapping plot lines, which would later serve as a model for The Rules of the Game (the most charming romantic comedy ever made) and other ensemble films. Tora Teje (the wife) is excellent at playing with our expectations and, of course, our hearts.

(I saw this film at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival)

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