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Wild Strawberries

(Smultronstället)
Sweden 1957. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. 92 min. DCP

Bergman 100 Encore! An intensely moving, highly lyrical drama of affirmation and reconciliation, Wild Strawberries is one of Bergman’s pinnacle works. Victor Sjöström, Sweden’s pre-eminent director before Bergman, gives a memorable performance as Isak Borg, a distinguished professor travelling by car from Stockholm to Lund, where he is to receive an honorary degree. Accompanying him is daughter-in-law Marianne (Ingrid Thulin), whose marriage to Borg’s son Evald (Gunnar Björnstrand) is troubled. A flood of memories, daydreams, and nightmares assails the aging protagonist along the way, forcing him to take stock of his life, confront his shortcomings, and accept his mortality. The film’s dream sequences are striking, as are the poignant reveries in which past merges with present. In tandem with The Seventh Seal, released the same year, Wild Strawberries established the international vogue for Bergman’s cinema. Golden Bear, Berlin 1958.

 

REVIEWS

"An archetypal Ingmar Bergman film, and one of his best."

Chicago Reader | full review

"One of Bergman's warmest, and therefore finest films."

Time Out | full review