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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 »
Won Oscar. Another 24 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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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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Additional Details

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:
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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 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1998) | USA:R

Did You Know?

The mansion where the film was shot, Taxinge-Nasby, had not been inhabited for years, and the repainting of the walls with glossy red paint, and the half run-down condition of the place, meant that it had to be extensively renovated by the new caretakers.See more »
[first lines]
Agnes:It is Monday morning, and I am in pain.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Liv & Ingmar (2012)See more »
Suite No. 5 for solo Cello in C Minor, 4th mvt 'Sarabande'See more »


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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Pain, Hate, Love, God, Death...Yet Another Bergman Masterpiece., 26 October 2006
Author: tony mcarea from Venezuela

How many masterpieces can one director make? In the case of Ingmar Bergman, the answer would be plenty. This is one beautiful, but very painful and at times horrifying film. I think I've yet to see another film that depicts the pain, suffering and despair of dying to such vividness that like the characters, one almost feels the need to look away. The story itself is fairly simple - a woman is in the final stages of cancer/tuberculosis and her two sisters and maid take care of her in her final days - but Bergman's unique narrative style and the complexity and depth of his script turn what at first seems a horror show into a profound meditation on faith, love and mortality. Bergman's direction is simply too perfect. The way the film is conceived visually couldn't be more evocative of its themes. The intensity of the color red to convey the hell these characters are living, and the chamber-like, claustrophobic atmosphere it creates is suffocating and exhausting. Sven Nykvist's Oscar-winning cinematography is simply one of the most inventive and unique I've ever seen in a movie. Bergman's narrative strategy is incredibly thoughtful and effective; it's like the scenes flowed into each other, and despite the horror we are to endure, there is such tact, sensitivity, attention to detail and a feeling of intimacy to every scene. It's simply glorious to behold, appreciate and let yourself be taken by the emotions and insights this film has to offer. All four actresses give spectacular performances: Harriet Andersson (Agnes) is searing physical pain personified, Liv Ullmann (Maria) is so nuanced and real in her flight sensuality (one extended scene that is a close-up to her face is astonishing in the incredible nuances of expressiveness and what the character is trying to conceal but can't), Ingrid Thulin (Karin) is chilling to the bone (and that one scene that is about mutilation in a very sensitive place is for sure one I'll never forget) and Kari Sylwan (Anna) is pure warmth, dedication and love. Bergman has a fame for depicting a bleak and pessimistic view of the world, and I won't argue with that, but I don't think his humanism is addressed very often. I had heard so many things about how depressing and horrifying this film is, and it is indeed, but it is not hopeless. Yes, Bergman suggests that the world can a horrible place and the human experience is full of pain, loneliness and cruelty, but he also suggests that if we extend our love to one another and let ourselves be loved, the burden won't be as hard to bare, and that there will be moments that will bring us love, happiness and grace, as Agnes says in her beautiful and haunting soliloquy. Agnes manages to find solace and consolation even though she's living the most excruciating hell because she allows herself to love and be loved, and her confrontation with death won't be as terrifying. Maria and Karin on the other hand, as the film suggests, will have to endure the pain and fear of dying in utter loneliness because they don't allow themselves to be loved and have lost the ability to love as well. The film is also bold and insightful enough to suggest that the most awful of circumstances in which a human being can be is paradoxically what strengthens one's faith and love, therefore sustaining one's existence.

A Masterpiece.

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