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5 March 1973 (Sweden) See more »
A haunting and shattering film experience.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Harriet Andersson ... Agnes
Kari Sylwan ... Anna

Ingrid Thulin ... Karin

Liv Ullmann ... Maria (and her mother)
Anders Ek ... Isak, the priest
Inga Gill ... Story teller

Erland Josephson ... David, the doctor

Henning Moritzen ... Joakim, Maria's husband
Georg Årlin ... Fredrik, Karin's husband
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ingmar Bergman ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ingrid Bergman ... Spectator (uncredited)
Lena Bergman ... Maria as a child (uncredited)
Lars-Owe Carlberg ... Spectator (uncredited)
Malin Gjörup ... Anna's daughter (uncredited)
Greta Johansson ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Karin Johansson ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Ann-Christin Lobråten ... Spectator (uncredited)
Börje Lundh ... Spectator (uncredited)
Rossana Mariano ... Agnes as a child (uncredited)
Monika Priede ... Karin as a child (uncredited)
Linn Ullmann ... Maria's daughter (uncredited)

Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman 

Produced by
Ingmar Bergman .... producer
Lars-Owe Carlberg .... producer
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
Siv Lundgren 
Production Design by
Marik Vos-Lundh 
Costume Design by
Marik Vos-Lundh 
Makeup Department
Cecilia Drott .... makeup artist
Britt Falkemo .... makeup artist
Börje Lundh .... makeup artist
Art Department
Gunilla Hagberg .... property master
Ann-Christin Lobråten .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Sven Fahlén .... sound mixer
Tommy Persson .... sound
Owe Svensson .... sound mixer
Owe Svensson .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Anders Bergkvist .... grip
Gerhard Carlsson .... gaffer
Stefan Gustafsson .... gaffer
Bo-Erik Gyberg .... still photographer
Lars Karlsson .... assistant camera
Ragnar Waaranperä .... grip
Music Department
Pierre Fournier .... musician: cello
Other crew
Katinka Faragó .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Viskningar och rop" - Sweden (original title)
"Cries and Whispers" - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title), USA (DVD box title)
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91 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Portugal:M/18 (original rating) (censored) | Portugal:M/12 (re-rating) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 (2001) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1998) | USA:R

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Ingmar Bergman explained the use of the color red in this film: "'Cries and Whispers' is an exploration of the soul, and ever since childhood, I have imagined the soul to be a damp membrane in varying shades of red."See more »
[first lines]
Agnes:It is Monday morning, and I am in pain.
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43 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
One of Bergman's Most Powerful Works, 21 April 2005
Author: gftbiloxi ( from Biloxi, Mississippi

Upon its release CRIES AND WHISPERS was hailed as one of Bergman's finest films. Although it has not quite held onto that original evaluation, it remains a very fine film--a subtle and delicately performed drama as remarkable for its silence as for its occasional moments of dialogue. And in many respects it offers an extremely good introduction to Bergman's work.

Like many of Bergman's films, CRIES AND WHISPERS shows the director's preoccupations with memory, communication, time, community, and death. The story is bleak: Agnes is dying and her sisters Karin and Maria have come to attend her during this final illness--but they prove unable to communicate in a meaningful way with either Agnes or each other, and Agnes' emotional care is left largely to her long-time maid, the devoted Anna.

As the film unwinds, we are bought into the memories of each woman in turn. The dying Agnes (played with powerful realism by Harriet Andersson) not only grapples with increasing pain, she recalls with regret the emotional separation that existed between her long-dead mother and herself. Sister Maria (Liv Ullman), a mindless sensualist, recalls an act of adultery that has poisoned her marriage; Sister Karin (Ingrid Thulin), who is emotionally cold, recalls an act of self-mutilation designed to thwart her husband's desires. Only the maid Anna (Kari Sylwan), with a peasant's directness, actually works to be of comfort, even going so far as to cradle Agnes' head on her naked breast and dreaming of comforting Agnes while her sisters fail.

The film is ever so delicately tinged with subtle elements of lesbianism, sadomasochism, and incest, and the emotional problems experienced by Maria and Karin are at least partly sexual in nature--but these are not the focus of the film so much as they are surface indications of a deeper internal turmoil. As to what that deeper turmoil is... Bergman might say it is the nature of life itself. We each stand alone, usually in denial of our own mortality, usually unable to reach each other in any meaningful way. A deep film, and in spite of its occasional awkwardness a memorable and touching film. Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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