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Wild Strawberries (1957)

Smultronstället (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 22 June 1959 (USA)
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

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Dr. Evald Borg
Jullan Kindahl ...
Agda
Folke Sundquist ...
Anders
Björn Bjelfvenstam ...
Naima Wifstrand ...
Mrs. Borg, Isak's Mother
Gunnel Broström ...
Mrs. Alman
Gertrud Fridh ...
Karin Borg, Isak's wife
Sif Ruud ...
Aunt Olga
Gunnar Sjöberg ...
Sten Alman / The Examiner
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Henrik Åkerman
Åke Fridell ...
Karin's lover
Yngve Nordwall ...
Uncle Aron
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With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not want to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. He is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Instead of flying as was the original plan, he decides to take the day long drive instead. Along for the ride is his daughter-in-law Marianne, who had been staying with him for the month but has now decided to go home. The many stops and encounters along the way make him reminisce about various parts of his life. Those stops which make him reminisce directly are at his childhood summer home, at the home of his equally emotionally cold mother, and at a gas station where the attendants praise him as a man for his work. But the lives of other people they ... Written by Huggo

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"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep." Shakespeare - The Tempest See more »

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Ingmar Bergman has described in the interview how he came up with the idea while driving from Stockholm to Dalarna, stopping in Uppsala where he had been born and raised, and driving by outside his grandmother's old house, when he suddenly began to think about how it would be if he could open the door and inside it would be just as it had been during his childhood. "So it struck me - what if you could make a film about this; that you just walk up in a realistic way and open a door, and then you walk into your childhood, and then you open another door and come back to reality, and then you make a turn around a street corner and arrive in some other period of your existence, and everything goes on, lives. That was actually the idea behind Wild Strawberries (1957)" See more »

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The front license plate on the VW disappears when untying the rope. See more »

Quotes

Professor Isak Borg: And how's your father these days?
Henrik Åkerman: Oh, Dad's getting a bit decrepit. But Mom's as lively as a cricket.
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JA; MAA HAN LEVA!
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One of Bergman's greatest achievements
16 February 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Wild Strawberries can be praised for so many reasons, but chief among them in my own mind is the way in which the film so perfectly conveys its themes of self-examination and the contemplation of one's own mortality (particularly through its stunning use of flashbacks). Bergman's autobiographical story also benefits from the brilliant casting of Swedish film legend Victor Sjostrom as Isak Borg, whose towering performance is essential to the success of Wild Strawberries. I read that Bergman based the coffin dream sequence on a frequent nightmare that he had -- and it never ceases to amaze me just how effective it remains even after all these years. Wild Strawberries seems like a quiet, thoughtful, introsepective movie -- and it is; it is also one of world cinema's most impressive motion pictures.


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