A young woman, Karin, has recently returned to the family island after spending some time in a mental hospital. On the island with her is her lonely brother and kind, but increasingly desperate husband ('Max von Sydow'). They are joined by Karin's father ('Gunnar Björnstrand'), who is a world-traveling author that is estranged to his children. The film depicts how Karin's grip on reality slowly slips away and how the bonds between the family members are changing in light of this fact.
"For now we see though a glass darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then I shall know even as also I am known" I Corinthians 13:12
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and Ingmar Bergman
spent over two months editing the film. The two would work from 9am until late at night each day, a rigorous process even by Bergman's standards. See more
When Martin and David are taking up nets in the boat, Martin puts his pipe in his mouth and then takes the oars and starts to row. In the next shot, the pipe is gone. See more
[Fredrik rejects Karin's attempt to console him
Thanks, I can give myself all the pity I want.
Followed by The Silence
Sarabande from Suite No. 2 in D minor for Violoncello
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