A kind but pampered beautiful young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way.
Max von Sydow,
Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets ... See full summary »
It's late nineteenth century Sweden. Middle aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman and his nineteen year old current wife Anne Egerman's two-year marriage has not yet been consummated. Fredrik wants ... See full summary »
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
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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