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The Touch (1971)

R | | Drama | 14 July 1971 (USA)
A seemingly happy Swedish housewife and mother begins an adulterous affair with a foreign archaeologist who is working near her home. But he is an emotionally scarred man, a Jewish survivor... See full summary »

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Ingmar Bergman
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Complete credited cast:
Elliott Gould ... David Kovac
Bibi Andersson ... Karin Vergerus
Max von Sydow ... Andreas Vergerus
Sheila Reid ... Sara Kovac
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A seemingly happy Swedish housewife and mother begins an adulterous affair with a foreign archaeologist who is working near her home. But he is an emotionally scarred man, a Jewish survivor from a concentration camp who found refuge in the U.S.,and, consequently, their relationship will be painfully difficult. Written by h9g

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Ingmar Bergman's first English language motion picture starring Elliott Gould, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow See more »

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USA | Sweden

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English | Swedish | French

Release Date:

14 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Touch See more »

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$6,446
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Prior to Elliott Gould, Dustin Hoffman was asked to play the part of David Kovac but Hoffman declined due to the pregnancy of his wife. See more »

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13 June 2006 | by marc-girodSee all my reviews

With all the clarity of the metaphor of the wooden Mary eaten by insects from the inside, we are left with the essential questions, put abruptly in the very last words:

  • Duty? What duty? To whom? To the husband who forbade? To the child to be born? To the family? To the lover's sister?


  • Will it be fulfilled?


  • Karin is lying? Is she? If so, is it wrong? Is it on the contrary acceptable? Should David accept it?


  • Will she kill the larvae or destroy the statute?


  • How to resolve the contradictions? Should one? Should one not? Should Karin and David? Do they? Or do they try to escape?


  • They seem to be failing, but at what? Are they doomed to fail?


Sure, this is an update, a postmodern one, over Mme Bovary.


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