An-Magritt is born from rape. Her mother has committed suicide, so it is her grandfather who takes care of her. An-Magritt is alone among men, in this misogynist society, and has to fight as they do, against cold and hunger.
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Driven by Liv Ullmann's expressive and moving perfromance, this medieval rural drama benefits occasionally from Nykvist's craftmanship (the beautiful scene in the sunlit forest, the close-ups on An-Magritt) but is maybe too academic (some redundant scenes) and thus deprives us from getting a sense of the 'darkness' of the times. Yet, its message against patriarchy is powerful and poignant.