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 ...
"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep." Shakespeare - The Tempest
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Did You Know?
The carriage seen and heard by Isak Borg (Victor Sjostrom) in the dream sequence at the beginning of the film, is similar to a scene in The Phantom Carriage (1921) when David Holm (also played by Sjostrom) sees the carriage for the first time. See more
It has been included as a continuity error that Marianne says she is going to go swimming at the old house, but when she returns her hair does not appear to be wet. This is not a continuity error, because when the film was shot in the late 1950s, and for at least a decade afterwards, at least in the Nordic countries women gathered their hair up and covered it with a special swimming cap to protect their hair from becoming wet. Some women who had grown up during those times used swimming caps as late as the 1980s, because they had grown up with the custom, and a swimming cap was to them just as integral part of swimming attire as a swimming suit. See more
Mrs. Borg, Isak's Mother
I remember when Sigbritt's boy was a newborn. He used to lie in the lilac arbor at the summer house. Now he's turning 50. And little cousin Sara used to carry him around and sing to him. She married Sigfrid, that good-for-nothing.
JA; MAA HAN LEVA!
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