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Brink of Life (1958)

Nära livet (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 31 March 1958 (Sweden)
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.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ulla Isaksson (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eva Dahlbeck ... Stina Andersson
Ingrid Thulin ... Cecilia Ellius
Bibi Andersson ... Hjördis Petterson
Barbro Hiort af Ornäs ... Nurse Brita
Erland Josephson ... Anders Ellius
Max von Sydow ... Harry Andersson
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Dr. Nordlander
Ann-Marie Gyllenspetz ... Counsellor Gran
Inga Landgré ... Greta Ellius
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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.

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INGMAR BERGMAN presents another startling and outstanding achievement in the film art...

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Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

31 March 1958 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Brink of Life See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kristina Cecilia Lindgren Ellius was born on March 20, 1930. See more »

Quotes

Cecilia Ellius: Mothers aren't always that way we think. They were young once, too, and can't have forgotten about it...
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Featured in Bergman: A Year in a Life (2018) See more »

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Overlooked, spectacular film
12 December 2018 | by gizmomogwaiSee all my reviews

Brink of Life is a film title rarely commented on when the topic of classic Ingmar Bergman is discussed, and is little seen today. There are only eight reviews here. After seeing it for the first time in Criterion's Ingmar Bergman's Cinema boxset, I'm left baffled as to how that's the case. Its four leading actresses each took home Best Actress Awards from the Cannes Film Festival, where Bergman himself also picked up a nod for Best Director. The cast includes some heavy hitters: Max Von Sydow and a barely recognizable (except by voice) Erland Josephson. Why was this film forgotten?

Particularly, Ingrid Thulin's performance is magnificent, among the best of her career with the acclaimed director. Bibi Andersson, presented as less than pure as she is often depicted in Bergman's filmography, also makes an impression in a different light. The film itself holds up particularly well; in exploring the situation of three women struggling with pregnancies between varying degrees of wanted and unwanted, the drama can be powerful and the story is kind of timeless.


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