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Wild Strawberries (1957)

Smultronstället (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 22 June 1959 (USA)
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Eberhard Isak Borg
... Sara
... Marianne Borg
... Dr. Evald Borg
... Agda
Folke Sundquist ... Anders
Björn Bjelfvenstam ... Viktor
... Mrs. Borg - Isak's Mother
... Berit Alman
... Karin Borg - Isak's wife
... Aunt Olga
... Sten Alman / The Examiner
... Henrik Åkerman
... Karin's lover
... Uncle Aron
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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 ... Written by Huggo

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from Ingmar Bergman...creator of "Smiles of a Summer Night" and "The Seventh Seal" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The front license plate on the VW disappears when untying the rope. See more »

Quotes

Marianne Borg: Sleep well?
Professor Isak Borg: Yes, but recently I've had the weirdest dreams, as if I must tell myself something I won't listen to when I'm awake.
Marianne Borg: What's that?
Professor Isak Borg: That I'm dead. Although I'm alive.
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Referenced in Husbands and Wives (1992) See more »

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UNDER ROENN OCH SYREN / BLOMMANDE SKOENA DALAR
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Music by Herman Palm
Lyrics by Sakari Topelius
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One of Master's Most Optimistic, Profound, And Warmest Films.
7 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I first saw "Wild Strawberries" many years ago at one of the special screenings in the small theater in Moscow. It was the first Bergman's film I ever saw. This picture is amazing in its emotional impact and in my opinion is one of Bergman's most optimistic, profound, and warm films.

"Wild Strawberries" provides sincere, intelligent, and emotional contemplations of life's disappointment, regrets, and losses. The main character, seventy-eight-year-old Professor Isak Borg is forced to see his life in a true and painful light, but he also would learn that there is hope.

Sparkling cinematography by Gunnar Fisher and superb acting of Bergman's regulars – Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Anderson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Max von Sydow and especially, the great silent film director, Victor Sjostrom as Professor Borg add to many delights of "Wild Strawberries" which also include Bergman's writing/directing with his famous mixing of conscious and unconscious, dreams and reality, the past and the present in the same scene.


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