In a 17th-century Danish village, an old woman is accused of witchcraft. In the shadow of her flight, capture, confession, and burning at the stake, the young wife of the town's aging pastor falls in love with the pastor's son. Her confession of this illicit affair to her husband brings on her husband's death. At the funeral the pastor's mother denounces the young widow as a witch. Will the widow's lover come to her defense, or has the day of wrath returned?
A Strange Love Story - Told With Startling Frankness by Carl Dreyer, world-famous director.
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #125. See more
When Absalon is returning to his house through the field, a strong wind can be heard and the grass between the two fences is seen moving. However, the grass beyond the farthest fence, only a few feet away, is perfectly still. See more
No one has eyes like yours.
What are they like? Childlike? Pure and clear?
No, deep and mysterious. But in their depths I see... a trembling, quivering flame.
...which you have kindled.
Let's go to the birches.