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Brink of Life (1958)

Nära livet (original title)
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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Stina Andersson
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Hjördis Petterson
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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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INGMAR BERGMAN presents another startling and outstanding achievement in the film art...

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31 March 1958 (Sweden)  »

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Music There is no musical score, just a few bars from a radio at 10.55 pm. The tune played is Sweden's national anthem indicating the end of the broadcast that day. See more »

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Cecilia Ellius: Mothers aren't always that way we think. They were young once, too, and can't have forgotten about it...
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Life in death.
24 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

'Brink of Life' (aka. 'So Close to Life') is a gripping, fairly early minor work from quite possibly the most consistently rewarding film maker of emotional drama that ever lived.

Three women from very different worlds find themselves in the same maternity ward, confronting different dilemmas in the face of the human race's oldest routine.

While Bergman's films are almost always bleak portrayals of suffering and confrontation, his films also remind us that suffering can be as fleeting as happiness; despair can be replaced by strength, just as certified happiness can face unexpected disaster. There is a comfort in his sadness, a powerful reminder of existence, even when it hurts.

Bergman favourites are featured: the always incredible Ingrid Thulin shines, as does Bibi Andersson in the role of a confused and insecure young unmarried mother-to-be. Eva Dahlbeck perhaps steals the show with her portrayal of trauma.


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