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.
Winner Swedish Academy Award 1962
See more »
Did You Know?
Critics in the United States were initially dismissive of the film. A critic from Films in Review suggested that "Bergman may be approaching the end of his vogue." Several years hindsight allowed American critics to warm to the film, which the consensus eventually agreed was a classic. See more
As Minus paints the chair, the amount of paint on the chair changes between shots. See more
Papa spoke to me.
Followed by Winter Light
Sarabande from Suite No. 2 in D minor for Violoncello
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach See more