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.
Did You Know?
Bergman's friend, the writer and later film director Vilgot Sjöman, was early involved in the project. He would later become the film's assistant director, and documented his experiences in the excellent book L-136: Diary with Ingmar Bergman. See more
When Tomas leaves the church to go to the scene of the suicide there is a lot of snow on his car and on the ground. But, when he arrives at the scene, the car is clean and there is no sign of snow on the ground. See more
Tomas Ericsson, Pastor
Holy, Holy, Holy, the world is filled with Thy glory.
Referenced in By Sidney Lumet