With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not want to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. He is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Instead of flying as was the original plan, he decides to take the day long drive instead. Along for the ride is his daughter-in-law Marianne, who had been staying with him for the month but has now decided to go home. The many stops and encounters along the way make him reminisce about various parts of his life. Those stops which make him reminisce directly are at his childhood summer home, at the home of his equally emotionally cold mother, and at a gas station where the attendants praise him as a man for his work. But the lives of other people they ...
from Ingmar Bergman...creator of "Smiles of a Summer Night" and "The Seventh Seal"
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Did You Know?
In 1966, a 91 minute German-speaking radio program adapted from the film was produced to be aired in West Germany and Austria. It was directed by Rudolf Noelte. See more
When Isak looks up at the faceless clock, he retreats into its shadow. Next cut and there is no shadow. See more
I know that this is wrong.
Dr. Evald Borg
There's neither right nor wrong. We act according to our needs.
MARCIA CAROLUS REX
Music by Wilhelm Harteveld See more