A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona.Written by
Sister Alma, what's your first impression?
I don't know what to say, Doctor. At first her face looks soft, almost childish, but then you see her eyes. Her expression's so hard.
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The American version, released by United Artists, omits a brief close-up shot of an erect penis from the film's pre-credit collage. See more »
It's not hard to see why this film is considered one of the best in the history of cinema. Two masterful performances from the two lead actresses and Ingmar Bergman at his best. There isn't a single wasted frame nor a single wasted line of dialogue throughout the whole film. Some of the most iconic shots in cinema come from this movie.
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