The most famed and honored filmmaker ever to emerge from the nation of Sweden – and regarded by many as one of the three or four most brilliant directors of the 20th century – Ingmar Bergman radically altered the nature and meaning of the motion-picture form, transfiguring a medium long devoted to spectacle into an art capable of profoundly personal meditations into the myriad struggles facing the psyche and the soul. By focusing on the exploration of self with unparalleled intensity, Bergman brought to the screen a new sense of emotional intimacy, fusing the concepts behind Freudian psychotherapy with a dreamlike sensibility founded on visual metaphors, flashbacks, and extreme close-ups to create a revelatory cinematic world unlike any before it.
Born Ernst Ingmar Bergman on July 14, 1918, in Uppsala, Sweden, he followed a brief 1938 military stay by attending Stockholm University. While there, he staged his first plays, among them adaptations of Macbeth, August Strindberg’s… read more
Female's world is visited by Bergman. Hope, loneliness, love, life and death are exposed through dialogues that follow the whole trajectory of the master observer of human relationships. Three pregnant women, three distinct realities with something in common: they are expecting the first child.
Made directly after the classics Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal, this overlooked drama is an unheralded entry in Bergman's filmography which is a shame as it deserves more attention. The lead actresses give award-winning performances and each has a turn in the spotlight. With no exterior shots, this claustrophobic film tells the story of three women enduring difficult pregnancies. I found it rather touching..
Unfliniching look into three pregnant women and their unique situations. Great performances by the three leads (Dahlbeck, Thulin, Andersson) make this a genuine, emotional surprise in the Bergman canon. Deserves to be far more widely seen. A building block toward the raw female emotional powerhouse that was Cries and Whispers.