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Cries & Whispers (1972)
"Viskningar och rop" (original title)

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When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.

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Maria (and her mother)
Anders Ek ...
Isak, the priest
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Fredrik, Karin's husband
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In turn-of-the-century Sweden, cancer-stricken, dying Agnes is visited in her isolated rural mansion by her sisters Karin and Maria. As Agnes' condition deteriorates and pain management becomes increasingly more difficult, fear and revulsion grip the sisters, who seem incapable of empathy, and Agnes' only comfort and solace comes from her maid Anna. As the end draws closer, long repressed feelings of grudging resentment and mistrust cause jealousy, selfishness, and bitterness between the siblings to surface. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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A haunting and shattering film experience.

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

5 March 1973 (Sweden)  »

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Cries & Whispers  »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Bergman, who produced the film with his own money, could not find an American distributor as they felt it was too uncommercial. Roger Corman, who had just left American-International Pictures to set up his own New World releasing company, was in the market for a prestige picture to give his new operation some class. See more »

Quotes

Karin: It's true. I think... about suicide. I've often thought about it. It's... it's disgusting. It's very degrading and everlastingly the same.
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Connections

Referenced in Being There (1979) See more »

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Mazurka in A minor, Op.17/4
by Frédéric Chopin
Played by Kabi Laretei
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Red
10 September 2001 | by (Armenia) – See all my reviews

The color red holds so many facets of symbolism in this picture. If you've seen Woody Allen's "Manhattan", then you may remember when he called Ingmar Bergman the only person he could truly consider to be a cinematic genius. Like Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bergman digs deep into the human psyche... only he does it cinematically, which is an even greater achievement. This is just one of those rare, important films. *****/*****


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