Cited by many as the most “personal” effort of Swedish filmmaker Arne Sucksdorff, The Great Adventure is also one of his few films to tie together its magnificent images with a dramatic narrative. “Adventure” means “life” to Sucksdorff, and that life is experienced by a group of Swedish farm children, two of whom are played by the director’s own sons. The kids save a wild otter from a hunter, then attempt to tame the animal. When spring comes, the children realize without remorse that the otter will be happier roaming free in the wilderness.
A wealthy butcher, fond of liquor and women is about to marry a much younger woman. The woman’s father has locked himself in the attic and refuses to come to the wedding.
In desperation brought on by near-starvation, Helge Roos kills his master’s ox and feeds it to his wife and baby daughter. No-one suspects anything until the meat is finished and Helge tries to sell the hide at a local market. He is spotted by the local vicar and, wracked with guilt, confesses. The vicar assures him that if he gives himself up, he’ll be treated leniently, but Helge’s sentence is far harsher than anyone predicted…
Anders is an aspiring writer who, along with his friend Sixten, is desperate to escape his working-class upbringing. Anders’ father is an unemployed alcoholic and his mother slaves away at a laundry to support the family. A ray of hope comes Anders’ way when he finishes his first novel and sends it to a publisher. But, after his girlfriend, Elsie, gets pregnant, his future dims before his eyes once more.
Agnes, daughter of the goddess Indra, has come to Earth to learn about what it means to be human. She meets many people in her journey. The figures that guide her most are Alfred, an officer who becomes a doctor; Axel, the lawyer that she weds, and the poet who may be the author of her dreams. What she observes and experiences makes her pity mankind.
Sweden in 1782. A young nobleman, named Jacob returns from France to his home and cherished sister Charlotte who is engaged to Baron Alsameden. The siblings close relationship becomes incestuous and with fear that the disclosure of Charlotte’s pregnancy will make society view them as libertines, the lovers ultimately choose to part, Jacob decides to leave the country and Charlotte if left to marry the Baron.
About the life of the student, Bo Dahlin. Bo’s parents are divorced. Both have been unfaithful. Bo is engaged with Kerstin, but only have eyes for Anita. Anita is filled with self-disgust.
A love triangle through the four seasons. A young woman, living in a relationship, falls in love with a married man. If someone had told her that she in a few months should be the man’s mistress, she would become aggrieved and indignant. She was certainly not a woman who would mess with married men.