Eric Soya’s ’17’ (1965)

Original title: Sytten
Year: 1965
Runtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes
Country: Denmark
Language: Danish
Subtitles: NONE
Genre: Comedy

Director: Annelise Meineche

Ole Søltoft … Jacob Petersen
Ghita Nørby … Vibeke
Emil Hass Christensen … Prof. Latour Petersen
Ole Monty … Jacob’s Uncle
Bodil Steen … Jacob’s Aunt
Lily Broberg … Frk. Rosegod
Arthur Jensen … Konduktøren
Henry Nielsen … Stationsforstanderen
Annie Birgit Garde … Girl on Train
Susanne Heinrich … Hansigne
Ingolf David … Pharmacist
Jørgen Kiil … Dr. Irving Mogensen
Hugo Herrestrup … Knud
Lise Rosendahl … Sophie
Jytte Abildstrøm … Frk. Steinkop


In the summer of 1913, 17-year-old Jacob (Ole Soltoft), a Danish high school student, lives in the frustrating limbo between boyhood and manhood. He worries about his excessive focus on masturbation and, although he is aware of the sexual overtures by the housemaid Sophie (Lise Rosendahl), Jacob doesn’t know how to respond to her. Jacob is invited to spend his vacation at the summer house of his wealthy uncle (Ole Monty). At the summer house in an idyllic coastal town, Jacob meets his uncle, aunt (Bodil Steen), free-spirited housemaid Hansigne (Susanne Heinrich), virginal housekeeper Rosegod (Lily Broberg), and his dream-girl cousin Vibeke (Ghita Nørby). He is also pursued by his Uncle’s employee (Ingolf David), who tries to seduce Jacob. While the Uncle is off on a fishing trip and the Aunt spends the night in town with her lover, Jacob has his first sexual experience with Vibeke—an awkward encounter. Afterwards, when Vibeke leaves for school, Jacob spends his nights with Hansigne—a joyful, uncomplicated and liberated woman. She guides him through his awkwardness and teaches him erotic techniques. One night, Hansigne’s boyfriend Knud (Hugo Herrestrup) catches them together and attacks and threatens Jacob. Jacob discovers he finally feels like a man. In great spirits, he returns home after vacation and prepares to accept the advances of Sophie.

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