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

 -  Drama  -  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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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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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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Marianne says she is going to go swimming at the old house, but when she returns her hair does not appear to be wet. See more »

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Marianne Borg: I know that this is wrong.
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One of Master's Most Optimistic, Profound, And Warmest Films.
7 July 2005 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw "Wild Strawberries" many years ago at one of the special screenings in the small theater in Moscow. It was the first Bergman's film I ever saw. This picture is amazing in its emotional impact and in my opinion is one of Bergman's most optimistic, profound, and warm films.

"Wild Strawberries" provides sincere, intelligent, and emotional contemplations of life's disappointment, regrets, and losses. The main character, seventy-eight-year-old Professor Isak Borg is forced to see his life in a true and painful light, but he also would learn that there is hope.

Sparkling cinematography by Gunnar Fisher and superb acting of Bergman's regulars – Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Anderson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Max von Sydow and especially, the great silent film director, Victor Sjostrom as Professor Borg add to many delights of "Wild Strawberries" which also include Bergman's writing/directing with his famous mixing of conscious and unconscious, dreams and reality, the past and the present in the same scene.


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