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Winter Light ()

Nattvardsgästerna (original title)
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A small town priest struggles with his faith.

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Märta Lundberg
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Tomas Ericsson
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Karin Persson
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Jonas Persson
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Algot Frövik
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Knut Aronsson
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Fredrik Blom
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Magdalena Ledfors
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lars-Olof Andersson ...
Young Boy (uncredited)
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Johan Strand (uncredited)
Tor Borong ...
Johan Åkerblom (uncredited)
Lars-Owe Carlberg ...
Parish Constable (uncredited)
Ingmari Hjort ...
Persson's Daughter (uncredited)
Stefan Larsson ...
Persson's Son (uncredited)
Johan Olafs ...
Gentleman with Horse (uncredited)
Bertha Sånnell ...
Hanna Appelblad (uncredited)
Christer Öhman ...
Young Boy (uncredited)

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Ingmar Bergman

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Ingmar Bergman ... (writer)

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Allan Ekelund ... producer

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Evald Andersson ... (uncredited)

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Sven Nykvist

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Ulla Ryghe

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P.A. Lundgren

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Mago

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Börje Lundh ... makeup artist

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Lenn Hjortzberg ... assistant director

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Karl-Arne Bergman ... props

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Evald Andersson ... sound effects
Stig Flodin ... sound
Brian Wikström ... sound

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Rolf Holmquist ... assistant camera
Gerhard Carlsson ... electrician (uncredited)
Peter Wester ... camera operator (uncredited)

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Lars-Owe Carlberg ... location manager

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Katinka Faragó ... continuity clerk
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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

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Also Known As
  • The Communicants (World-wide, English title)
  • Winter Light (United States)
  • Winter Light (World-wide, English title)
  • Les communiants (France)
  • Los comulgantes (Spain)
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Trivia When she saw the completed film, Ingmar Bergman's then wife Käbi Laretei said, "Yes, Ingmar, it's a masterpiece. But it's a dreary masterpiece." See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Ljuset håller mig sällskap (2000). See more »
Quotes Algot Frövik, Sexton: The passion of Christ, his suffering... Wouldn't you say the focus on his suffering is all wrong?
Tomas Ericsson, Pastor: What do you mean?
Algot Frövik, Sexton: This emphasis on physical pain. It couldn't have been all that bad. It may sound presumptuous of me - but in my humble way, I've suffered as much physical pain as Jesus. And his torments were rather brief. Lasting some four hours, I gather? I feel that he was tormented far worse on an other level. Maybe I've got it all wrong. But just think of Gethsemane, Vicar. Christ's disciples fell asleep. They hadn't understood the meaning of the last supper, or anything. And when the servants of the law appeared, they ran away. And Peter denied him. Christ had known his disciples for three years. They'd lived together day in and day out - but they never grasped what he meant. They abandoned him, to the last man. And he was left alone. That must have been painful. Realizing that no one understands. To be abandoned when you need someone to rely on - that must be excruciatingly painful. But the worse was yet to come. When Jesus was nailed to the cross - and hung there in torment - he cried out - "God, my God!" "Why hast thou forsaken me?" He cried out as loud as he could. He thought that his heavenly father had abandoned him. He believed everything he'd ever preached was a lie. The moments before he died, Christ was seized by doubt. Surely that must have been his greatest hardship? God's silence.
Tomas Ericsson, Pastor: Yes...
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