The Virgin Spring (1960)
"Jungfrukällan" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  14 November 1960 (USA)
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A kind but pampered beautiful young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way.



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Set in beautiful 14th century Sweden, it is the sombre, powerful fable of wealthy land-owning parents whose daughter, a young virgin, is brutally raped and murdered by goat herders after her half sister has invoked a pagan curse. By a bizarre twist of fate, the murderers ask for food and shelter from the dead girl's parents, who, discovering the truth about their erstwhile lodgers, exact a chilling revenge. Written by L.H. Wong <>

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Töre: You see it, God. You see it. The innocent child's death, and my revenge. You allowed it. I don't understand You. I don't understand You. Yet, I still ask your forgiveness. I know no other way to live. I promise You, God... here on the dead body of my only child, I promise you that, to cleanse my sins, here I shall build a church. On this spot. Of mortar and stone... and with these, my hands.
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Revenge follows when innocence is destroyed.
20 July 2007 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

This film is nicely etched in my memory as it has given a new meaning to human feelings.Although it is a great Christian parable,the issues of human behavior,wisdom and responsibility have not at all been sidelined by Bergman.To quote some examples : how would a man react if his "apple of his eyes" daughter is wantonly raped by some miscreants. In most of the cases revenge is the most probable expected outcome.So the devout Christian father depicted in the film is persuaded to carry out savage killings.These killings cannot be justified but no one would want to leave killers go unpunished and commit other crimes if they have harmed someone's close family member.There is even pardon too as a plea is made to spare a young boy's life.In this film the depiction of a staunch Jesus Christ loving family is top notch.Good too are the scenes of medieval village life where families lived together mutually sharing all their joys and sorrows.Virgin Spring will surely appeal to you if you have a penchant for religious films.

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