Summer with Monika belongs to Bergman's middle period when he was primarily concerned with the trials and tribulations of adolescence and the problems of young love.
A chance meeting in a coffee shop between Harry (Ekborg), a young errand boy, and Monika (Andersson), a wild and reckless girl who works in a nearby grocery shop, soon develops into a love affair. After a row with her father, Monika goes on a motorboat holiday. Their idyllic summer is soon shattered by the news that Monika is pregnant. Face with sudden responsibility, Harry agrees to marry Monika and they set up home together in a small flat. Monika rapidly becomes bored with married life and looking after the baby. Soon Harry returns from a business trip to discover that his wife has been unfaithful with a former lover.
A frank and tender portrait of first love, Bergman's film is also a realistic and uncompromising account of a disintegrating marriage.