A young woman, Karin, has recently returned to the family island after spending some time in a mental hospital. On the island with her is her lonely brother and kind, but increasingly desperate husband ('Max von Sydow'). They are joined by Karin's father ('Gunnar Björnstrand'), who is a world-traveling author that is estranged to his children. The film depicts how Karin's grip on reality slowly slips away and how the bonds between the family members are changing in light of this fact. Written by
Winner Swedish Academy Award 1962
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Somewhat uncharacteristically, Ingmar Bergman
heaped praise on the finished film. He remarked that "the film is above reproach technically and dramatically." See more
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Virility means more than health.
If Hemingway could, we can. Let's go!
Referenced in Wild Reeds
Sarabande from Suite No. 2 in D minor for Violoncello
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