Inventor Carl Åkerblom is a rosy-cheeked 54 year-old admirer of Franz Schubert - and a patient in the psychiatric ward of Akademiska Hospital in Uppsala, after having attempted to beat to ... See full summary »
Three women in a maternity ward reveal their lives and intimate thoughts to each other while in a maternity ward together, where they face the choice of keeping their babies or offering them for adoption.
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 »
Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She ... See full summary »
Marianne, some thirty years after divorcing Johan, decides to visit her ex-husband at his summer home. She arrives in the middle of a family drama between Johan's son from another marriage and his granddaughter.
Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter EGermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "... See full summary »
Rakel, Marta, Karin and Annette are married to four brothers. While waiting in a summer cottage for their husbands to come home, they tell each other stories about their marriages. Rakel ... See full summary »
Herr Sleeman kommer (Mr. Sleeman Is Coming) is a 1917 one-act play by the Swedish author Hjalmar Bergman. The main character is an orphaned young woman who is about to be married off to an ... See full summary »
The film switches back and forth between the adventures of Pu on a summer holiday in Norrland in Sweden and and the adult Pu visiting his father who lives in an old people's home. Little Pu... See full summary »
Inventor Carl Åkerblom is a rosy-cheeked 54 year-old admirer of Franz Schubert - and a patient in the psychiatric ward of Akademiska Hospital in Uppsala, after having attempted to beat to death his fiancée, Pauline Thibault. Together with another patient, Professor Osvald Vogler, they set up a film project: the living talkie. Before long, they set off on a frantic tour with their film, "The Joy of the Joyous Girl"... Written by
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A very good film, without it being one of Bergman's finest
Approaching towards the end of my Ingmar Bergman quest, he has rapidly turned into a director that I now love and admire. And I'd say the same for his films too, in fact although there is a small handful that I've yet to see there have only been two films of his I didn't care for, All These Women and The Serpent's Egg. While it is not one of Bergman's best(The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Fanny and Alexander, Cries and Whispers and Persona), sometimes I did find it a bit too heavy on the symbolism, it is still a very good film and evidence that Bergman still had it towards the end of his career. His direction here is incisive and intelligent as it always was, not once is there signs of a director out of his depth like All These Women for example. For a TV film it is certainly a very professional-looking one with evocative settings and handsome(if not as expansive as his cinematic films) photography. The dialogue provokes a lot of thought and the story is deliberately paced, very interesting and like with almost all Bergman films conveys a large range of emotions. The characters as ever are compellingly real, and the acting only adds to that effect. Borje Ahlstedt in the lead role is particularly outstanding. In conclusion, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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