A very hard film to get into; but once you do, Bergman regulars Ullmann and Andersson will haunt your dreams. Has so much going on in its ruminations on the complexities and ambiguities on personal identity that multiple viewings have not cracked the code, and never will. The similar 'Mulholland Dr.' does less this already did 30 years earlier. Basically, it's beautiful and cryptic, and a personal favorite.
In general, it had pretty risque content for a film from the 60s. But it’s Ingmar Bergman, so you’ve gotta expect that. Some of the film was pretty abstract and all of it was very minimalist. The composition of shots in this movie was absolutely brilliant, it must be said. Overall, I can’t say I truly connected with this film, but I can easily recognise its genius.
A deeply personal movie that is ambitious but usually easy to watch and absorbing. Superb acting does justice to these complex characters, who are then further articulated and enhanced by Bergman's stunning camerawork, which includes some of the better uses of close-ups I've seen in film.
Here Bergman takes his interest in the human face to whole new levels, to say the least. I didn't expect this to be quite so close to psychological horror, nor quite so emotionally intense and disturbing. I won't pretend to understand it but I haven't seen something quite so fascinating in ages and I absolutely loved it.
This is really abstract for Bergman, who usually deals with pretty straightforward narratives. It definitely requires multiple viewings. I'm fascinated by it, and some parts are very engaging, but on the whole it might be too much style over substance for my tastes. It's kind of a natural progression from The Silence but I'm glad he got it out of his system.
Swathed by some of the most perfect images ever captured on film, you will revel in that which Bergman has created: namely, the cinematic equivalent of a woman who has dug a hole in her soul only to be buried by the weight of her own guilt.