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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and Ingmar Bergman
spent over two months editing the film. The two would work from 9am until late at night each day, a rigorous process even by Bergman's standards. See more
As Minus paints the chair, the amount of paint on the chair changes between shots. See more
You're empty but capable. And now you're trying to fill your void with Karin's extinction. But how will God fit into that? It must make him more inscrutable than ever!
Referenced in Daria: Through a Lens Darkly
Sarabande from Suite No. 2 in D minor for Violoncello
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