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Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
"Såsom i en spegel" (original title)

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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 Mio

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The first Ingmar Bergman film to be made on the island of Faro. Bergman would later buy a home on the island. See more »

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As Minus paints the chair, the amount of paint on the chair changes between shots. See more »

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Karin: Funny, you always say and do the very right thing... and it's always wrong.
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Lack of Communication and the Absence of God – The Beginning of the Trilogy of Silence
1 November 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a small family island, Karin (Harriet Andersson), her teenage brother Minus (Lars Passgård) and her husband Martin (Max von Sydow) welcome her father David (Gunnar Björnstrand), who is a writer permanently absent traveling around the world. Karin has just left a mental institution and has inherited the incurable insanity from her mother. Minus feels lost and alone, estranged by his selfish and cold father that left Karin and he behind after the death of his wife. Martin is neglected by Karin and has no sex life with her anymore and spends his time taking care of his wife. When Karin finds the journal of her father hidden in a drawer in his desk, she reads that her degenerative disease is incurable and triggers a breakdown.

"Såsom i en Spegel" is the beginning of Bergman's Trilogy of Silence, with a direct reference to the lack of communication and the absence of God. With this uncomfortable film, Ingmar Bergman won his first Oscar in 1962 in the category Best Foreign Language Film. The performances are awesome as usual, with wonderful black-and-white cinematography and magnificent camera work. The haunting music score of J.S. Bach gives a tune of melancholy to this depressing story. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Através de um Espelho" ("Through a Mirror")


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