Wild Strawberries (1957)
"Smultronstället" (original title)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Evald Borg
Jullan Kindahl ...
Folke Sundquist ...
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
Henrik Åkerman
Åke Fridell ...
Karin's lover
Yngve Nordwall ...
Uncle Aron


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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Cinematographer Gunnar Fischer says that several scenes had to be shot indoors due to Victor Sjöström's poor health. "We had to make some very bad back-projection in the car because we never knew if Victor would come back alive the next day." Nevertheless, as long as Victor was home by 5:15 P.M. each day, "and had his whiskey punctually, all went well." See more »


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


Isak Borg: [under his breath, while preparing for his journey] Honorary Doctor! They might as well appoint me Honorary Idiot.
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Music by Wilhelm Harteveld
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The only reality
24 December 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

A gorgeous movie about memory and hope. A trip and a form of catharsis. It is not a story of an old man who discovers images of his past, about a marital crisis or some teenagers. It is not a confession. It is a mirror. The same crisis is the "gift" of everybody. The same silence, fear and desire are the refuge of a man, a woman, a n American or Irakian. At a moment, at a single moment, you discover your past like only reality. Like your real skin, your only voice, your essential eye. It is not strange. We are the fruits of some experiences. Some books, some people, a family, a child or a wife are the Ganymedes of our hours, our evolution, our death. Our freedom, our gestures, our smile are the trees of their presence. Isak Borg is the image of a age. Our age who grow-up in the noise of every day. The isolation is only way to be yourself. The way to Lund, the relation with Agda, the empty attitude, the projection in Evald, the words are the symbols of a clock who is seed of our conscience. Childhood is only reality of our life.

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