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Winter Light (1963)

Nattvardsgästerna (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 5 April 1963 (USA)
A small town priest struggles with his faith.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Thulin ... Märta Lundberg
Gunnar Björnstrand ... Tomas Ericsson
Gunnel Lindblom ... Karin Persson
Max von Sydow ... Jonas Persson
Allan Edwall ... Algot Frövik
Kolbjörn Knudsen ... Knut Aronsson
Olof Thunberg ... Fredrik Blom
Elsa Ebbesen ... Magdalena Ledfors
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Storyline

On a cold winter's Sunday, the pastor of a small rural church (Tomas Ericsson) performs service for a tiny congregation; though he is suffering from a cold and a severe crisis of faith. After the service, he attempts to console a fisherman (Jonas Persson) who is tormented by anxiety, but Tomas can only speak about his own troubled relationship with God. A school teacher (Maerta Lundberg) offers Tomas her love as consolation for his loss of faith. But Tomas resists her love as desperately as she offers it to him. This is the second in Bergman's trilogy of films dealing with man's relationship with God. Written by <amanderik@aol.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

5 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Rättvik, Dalarnas län, Sweden See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

Märta's near-sightedness is mentioned in the dialogue when she says that without her glasses, Tomas appears fuzzy to her. He even counts her nearsightedness as one of the things he hates about her. But the lenses she wears appear to be of clear glass. See more »

Quotes

Tomas Ericsson, Pastor: [looking up at the church's crucifix] What a ridiculous image.
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Referenced in Ingmar Bergman on Life and Work (1998) See more »

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The closest thing to a perfect film I've ever seen
22 July 2000 | by davew-5See all my reviews

It's a real shame that you are unlikely to find this movie in your local video rental store. It's relentlessly concentrated, uncompromising and beautiful. It's paced slowly at the beginning, drawing the viewer in, but repays the effort you put in (and it's pretty short).

The story focuses on a disillusioned priest in a remote village who is unable to accept the love offered him by Marta, his friend, and unable to offer the conviction of his faith to save a fisherman from suicide. There are several hidden references to the crucifixion: the time covered in the movie (noon to 3 pm) is the same as the time Jesus spent on the cross; the location of Marta's skin disease corresponds to the "stigmata" or wounds from the nails.

I can't recommend this film strongly enough. Every time I see it I am stunned by the beauty and meaning in every single frame.


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