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

 -  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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Complete credited cast:
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Birgitta Valberg ...
Märeta
Gunnel Lindblom ...
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Karin
Axel Düberg ...
Thin Herdsman
Tor Isedal ...
Mute Herdsman
Allan Edwall ...
Beggar
Ove Porath ...
Boy
Axel Slangus ...
Gudrun Brost ...
Frida
Oscar Ljung ...
Simon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tor Borong ...
Farm-hand
Leif Forstenberg ...
Farm-hand
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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 <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Mentioned in the Van Halen song The Seventh Seal. See more »

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If you look closely when the boy is placing dirt on Karin's body, you can see her torso move as the actress breathes (even though she was supposed to be dead). See more »

Quotes

Bridge Keeper: I hear what I want and see what I want. I hear what mankind whispers in secret and sees what they think no one sees. You can hear for your self, if you wills like me. Just listen!
Ingeri: What is it that thunders outside?
Bridge Keeper: Three dead men rode north.
[laughs menacingly]
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One of the most heartbreaking films I have ever seen
15 February 2004 | by (Somewhere in Europe) – See all my reviews

... and that's about all I can SAY about it. I saw this film four, maybe five years ago. And to this day, I feel a blow to my gut whenever I remember it. To this day, it haunts me - especially (and not surprisingly) the figure of the little boy.

This is a raw, uncompromising, unbiased parable on love and revenge; on humanity. It is set in 14th century Sweden - but its "message" is timeless: as timeless as love and vengefulness themselves. As timeless as humanity itself. Because the mores may change, but today, as 800 years ago, people are still helpless in their (perhaps inevitable) core existential ignorance, still subject to the immense pain of losing a loved one, of the inexplicable torments that often befall just and righteous, "good" people.

And that is what makes this a brutal, heartrending, unforgettable film.


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