This image represents the best reason to watch Summer with Monika. Harriet Anderson is transcendent in this film. On the level of a Jean Seberg in Breathless, she is captivating and keeps you totally involved with this film. She is completely believable as Monika a wild, impetuous teen girl who is both younger and older than her years.
This story of younger lovers on the run is not very complex, but the performances and Bergman’s direction keep the viewer waiting to see what happens next (which is rather surprising at the end). Bergman’s direction is a little on the nose at times (this was one of his first films). Otherwise he perfectly captures this young star at her debut on the stage of world cinema.