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The Dove

USA, 1968 (MIFF 1970, Programme 12)

Director: George Coe, Anthony Lover

The Nobel Prize Winner, Viktor Sundqvist, is sitting in the dunny on the estate where his childhood summers were spent and he recalls the summer of the dove. He and his sister, passionately in love, escape one afternoon from their lesbian cousin to go walking in the woods. A dove‘s droppings fall in Viktor's face, and his sister runs into the forest to encounter the Angel of Death who tells her You Know What. Viktor appeals to Death's gambling instincts and a game of badminton is arranged.

This hilarious parody of the Swedish film is spoken in pidgin Swedish with copious subtitles, and when the idyll is over, the elderly Viktor feels better at the endsk.

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