Cast & Crew
In 1782 Jacob, a young Swedish nobleman, returns home after 5 years abroad. Greeted with the news that his sister Charlotte is about to marry Count Alsmeden, a nobleman connected with the court of King Gustavas III, Jacob finds himself greatly disturbed by pangs of jealousy. Charlotte experiences the same feelings when she watches her brother in the company of the flirtatious Ebba Livin. As time passes, brother and sister admit their love for each other and spend a night together. Charlotte is willing to accept social disgrace and live with her brother as his wife. But Jacob is unwilling to sacrifice everything for this forbidden and illicit love. When Charlotte becomes pregnant, she confronts the count and informs him that she is carrying another man's child. But he refuses to believe that the baby is not his, and the wedding takes place after one postponement. Some time later the count, already incensed by his wife's coolness, has a violent quarrel with Jacob. Ebba witnesses the scene, grasps the truth of the situation and, in a fit of insane jealousy, shoots Charlotte. An old peasant woman whose ears were cut off years before because of an incestuous relationship with her father and who gave birth to an abnormal child, arrives to act as midwife. Charlotte dies during childbirth but her baby, delivered by Caesarean section, is a healthy and normal child.
Released in Sweden in February 1966 as Syskonbädd 1782. The score consists of music of the rococo period.