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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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Storyline

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...

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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There is no musical score, just a few bars from a radio at 10.55 pm. The tune played is Sweden's national anthem indicating the end of the broadcast that day. See more »

Quotes

Hjördis Petterson: They think I'm horrible. I think so too. I think I'm horrible. I don't want to answer like I do, but the words just fall from my lips. I bite their heads off although I don't mean it. Then at night when I can't sleep I get so angry with myself. Everything just keeps growing and growing. And I always end up at the very bottom. Whatever I do, things just go wrong. I don't know what to do.
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A touching story.
7 January 2015 | by louictiskSee all my reviews

Maybe this isn't the deepest film of Bergman - or the most spectacular film visually - but there is something with this movie that I like. Maybe that's the stripped and easy settings, that's differently in comparison with other films directed by Bergman, or maybe that's the three interesting women's stories - that the film is about - that touches me.

And maybe Bergman knew that. Maybe he knew that films about pregnancies and all that concern about that, touches people. Maybe he knew that it was an excellent idea to directing a film, that takes place in some gloomy hospital wards - for the gloomy settings, leaves space to a film that entirely focus on three - more or less - wounded souls.

Maybe he knew that. Maybe he knew that it was the way to a masterpiece.


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