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Brink of Life (1958)
"Nära livet" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  31 March 1958 (Sweden)
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Three women in a maternity ward reveal their lives and intimate thoughts to each other while in a maternity ward together, where they face the choice of keeping their babies or offering them for adoption.

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Three women in a maternity ward reveal their lives and intimate thoughts to each other while in a maternity ward together, where they face the choice of keeping their babies or offering them for adoption.

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Later in life Bergman said: "Brink of Life is a modest and somewhat effeminate ragout, which probably was considered good in its time. Today, it is quite impossible and completely outdated. After all, the compact femininity that I lived with for seven recording of weeks, I decided to never again have to women to do whether in art or life." Source Svensk Filmdatabas. See more »

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Standard early Bergman, in other words, very impressive
18 March 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie is fairly straight forward, with women in various situations facing childbirth.

What transforms this movie is the astonishing performances that Bergman is able to obtain from the actors. It's something that is so frequent in the first half of his career. There's something vibrant and remarkable, that transcends plot. You can see why he became so famous. Very few directors seem to be able to obtain such spontaneous performances from their actors.

Like so many of his early films, there's not much here that you might not see in the theatre. Yet it has such remarkable life to it.


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