Christians Töre and Märeta send their daughter, the virginal Karin, and their foster daughter Ingeri, to deliver candles to a church. On the way, the girls meet three goat herders who brutally rape and murder Karin. When the killers seek refuge in their family’s farm, Töre plots a fitting revenge.
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This is an incredible film that shows that even the most civilized of people can do terrible things when pushed far enough and the anguish that follows from horrific things and the things we do to atone for those sins.
A masterpiece, one of Bergman's most lasting, influential and radiantly photographed. A timeless tale involving themes such as morality and religion, told through complex, subtlely understated emotions and relationships. Theatrical and stylised at times, Bergman manages to bring all the elements together to create a compelling drama both credible and visually captivating.
The Virgin Spring remains one of Bergman's best and most accessible films because it avoids getting bogged down in a lot of his usual angsty pretensions. Instead the viewer is told a simple, haunting tale which plays out like a ballad. I cannot discredit the power of the images enough. The cinematography is nothing short of stunning, the lighting and the staging all perfect. Such an emotional and powerful film.
My favorite classic Bergman film, I actually prefer this to "The Seventh Seal" and "Wild Strawberries" but that is just my personal preference. Those looking for a Bergman movie with a more strict storyline will enjoy this movie.