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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...

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Drama

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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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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Standard early Bergman, in other words, very impressive
18 March 2014 | by whatalovelyparkSee all my reviews

This movie is fairly straight forward, with women in various situations facing childbirth.

What transforms this movie is the astonishing performances that Bergman is able to obtain from the actors. It's something that is so frequent in the first half of his career. There's something vibrant and remarkable, that transcends plot. You can see why he became so famous. Very few directors seem to be able to obtain such spontaneous performances from their actors.

Like so many of his early films, there's not much here that you might not see in the theatre. Yet it has such remarkable life to it.


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