In 1968, Scandinavia was considered to be at the very forefront of sexual permissiveness, particularly onscreen. That was certainly okay by Brooklynite Joe Sarno, whose already considerable body of titillating softcore features tended more toward angst-filled psychodrama than their usual competition (and who saw Ingmar Bergman as a major influence). So it seemed a natural development when he actually traveled to Sweden to make this black-and-white melodrama with a local cast. The titular heroine is a teenage innocent sent to live with her jaded aunt Greta, whose layabout boyfriend Karl is draining her finances but also maintaining her illusion of youth. Desperate, auntie comes up with a scheme to use the niece's dewy charms for profit, offering them to a wealthy, swarthy bachelor she was once involved with. But Inga has other desires and they just might include poaching her relative’s fickle younger beau. Tame as it may seem now, low-budget INGA was a scandalous international success at the time, catapulting barely-legal actress Marie Liljedahl to an intense if short-lived stardom. She abandoned acting four years later after reuniting with Sarno for the sequel THE SEDUCTION OF INGA. The director claimed to his grave that the sex scenes here were "real" (i.e. no orgasms faked) though, by today's standards, they’re merely suggestive rather than graphic. In tune with the times, this original hit features some groovy dancing and "acid" rock sounds amidst all the sexy-making. - Dennis Harvey
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