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Release Date:
5 March 1973 (Sweden) See more »
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A haunting and shattering film experience.
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 24 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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(77 articles)
Icymi & August's 'Year of the Month'
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Bergman's Ghosts
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Visual Index ~ "Cries and Whisper" Best Shot(s)
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A quietly disturbing work of genius See more (193 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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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Runtime:
91 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | 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

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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:
David:Come over here Maria. Look at yourself in the mirror. You are beautiful... but you have changed. These days you cast rapid, calculating, sidelong glances. You're gaze used to be direct, open, and without any disguise. Your mouth is an expression of discontent and hunger. It used only to be soft. Your complexion has become pallid, you use make-up. Your fine, broad forehead now has four creases above each eyebrow...See more »
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Soundtrack:
Suite No. 5 for solo Cello in C Minor, 4th mvt 'Sarabande'See more »

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55 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
A quietly disturbing work of genius, 20 December 2004
Author: j30bell (j30bell@yahoo.co.uk) from London, England

In a perfect demonstration that horror and trauma are the stuff of real, everyday life and not the macabre vision of fantasists, Cries and Whispers marked Bergman's recovery as one of Europe's greatest film directors.

Like most Bergman films, Cries and Whispers is concerned with death, the suffering before death and the re-evaluation of life that death brings. It centres on three sisters: one dying of cancer, another trapped in a repellent marriage, and the last engaged in an uncomfortable affair. Moving between these three women is the maid, who tends the dying woman in her agony and, in one stunning scene, holding her to her naked bosom like a mother holding a child.

It is not, then, a barrel of laughs. Bergman films are not often for casual viewing, and I certainly won't be taking this one home to watch with my mother.

Like a great classical composer, Bergman uses contrast to enormous effect. Muted sounds which force you to strain to listen are punctuated with heart-rending screams from the dying Agnes. The colour scheme is a disquieting red, fading into pastoral greens and blues as the women reminisce about their younger life.

The characters also contrast uncomfortably. The two younger sisters, Karin and Maria, are sitting the deathwatch for their sister, but their task arouses no compassion in them. They are appalled and repelled by their sister's suffering, but they will not hold her hand or comfort her. The mutual dislike for each other is palpable. This contrasts with the simple humanism of their maid Anna – whom they callously talk about firing, once their sister is dead.

Set in the late 19th Century, the story flits intermittently between present and past, fleshing out the motivations and the stories of the sisters. One of these flashbacks confronts the audience with one of the most disturbing image in cinema, a repressed Karin cutting her vagina with glass to avoid sex with her husband.

Only a director of Bergman's calibre could make such a film riveting. Yet riveting it is. Bergman gets sensational performances from his four main leads; regulars Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thurin and Harriet Andersson and a majestic, understated Kari Sylwan. To call this film Ibsenesque would be a slur on the originality of Bergman's vision. It is a testimony to his genius that this may not be his best film, yet it is one of the most striking films in modern cinema. I cannot recommend it highly enough. 9/10.

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