Set in beautiful 14th century Sweden, it is the sombre, powerful fable of wealthy land-owning parents whose daughter, a young virgin, is brutally raped and murdered by goat herders after her half sister has invoked a pagan curse. By a bizarre twist of fate, the murderers ask for food and shelter from the dead girl's parents, who, discovering the truth about their erstwhile lodgers, exact a chilling revenge.Written by
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The bridge keeper played by Axel Slangus is clearly supposed to be Odin. Beside his comments about recognizing Ingeri as if they have meet before (clearly suggesting he heard her prayer at the beginning of the film) there are several nods to Odinic lore in the scene. Before the bridge keeper appears, a raven is seated outside his hut. The raven was considered to be sacred to Odin. When the bridge keeper is finally shown up close we can see that he is one-eyed which is Odin's most prominent feature, having sacrificed an eye to attain wisdom. Finally when Ingeri sits in the high-seat she suddenly has seemingly clairvoyant hearing. This is a nod to Odin's high-seat Hlidskjalf from which he could see all things happening in the world. See more »
If you look closely when the boy is placing dirt on Karin's body, you can see her torso move as the actress breathes (even though she was supposed to be dead). See more »
Heavenly Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with Your host of angels, deliver us today from the devil's chokehold. God, grant that neither temptation, shame, nor danger befall thy servants this day. Amen.
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Sometimes Bergman's films, though full-fledged masterpieces (I AM NOT DISCREDITING HIM), are visual expressions seen with the screen as a wall between the viewer and the characters. I think that wall was taken down with "The Virgin Spring". Here he tells an emotionally intense story at the perfect pace with perfect pitch. No matter how horrific the occurrences on the screen, this film has been created with such an aesthetically appealing touch that the dichotomies and balance Bergman works towards is evident. Terrific!
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