We reap what we sow. Few films question the essence of our existence or the eternal consequences of a selfish life. When we are young we have time to acknowledge our sins and amend the human damage of a self-indulgent life.Ingmar Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries” is a human essay on aging,loneliness and our mortality. It chronicles an old doctor’s journey through memory and dreamstate on a road trip to recieve an honarary degree. He starts his trip of discovery with his cynical daughter-in-law and they pick up passengers along the way that symbolize the different stages of his life. This aging man’s trip of self discovery and resolution is one of the most compelling cinematic confrontations ever filmed- dealing with our mortality and the legacy we leave behind.
Be prepared for haunting visions. Seek out the films brilliant use of symbolism. Enlighten yourself with the most profound film ever on the subject of aging and your lasting effect on the people around you.