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Cries & Whispers (1972)

Viskningar och rop (original title)
R | | Drama | 5 March 1973 (Sweden)
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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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 duke1029

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$400,000 (estimated)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Karin: It's true. I've - often thought - of taking my own life. It's... it's disgusting. It's degrading - and - it never ever changes.
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Referenced in Keep Your Right Up (1987) See more »

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Suite No. 5 for solo Cello in C Minor, 4th mvt 'Sarabande'
by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played by Pierre Fournier
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A true portrait of human intimacy
18 February 2013 | by (Dalton, GA) – See all my reviews

A simple story, but I have never seen a more beautiful portrait of human intimacy. The story follows a women on her deathbed and the 3 women in her life, her two sisters and her maid. Each character is fabulously drawn and fleshed out. Each relationship is as unique as the characters, complicated and diverse. What is beautiful about Bergman's films is the care and precision that goes into every frame. Nothing is wasted, nothing is done by accident. Couple that with someone who truly knows how to pace and tell an interesting story and you have a master of the art. Put all that with his best work and you have a perfect film.


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