Eva Dahlbeck, Ingrid Thulin and Bibi Andersson portray three mothers in a maternity ward. In the course of a few days, each woman reveals to the others their life stories and intimate thoughts. And each wrestles with the decision whether or not to keep their babies or give them up for adoption.
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Bergman always always touches my soul in every single detail. Every movie I watch means a lot to me and changes my life, every movie! That's why he is my favorite director. Brik of Life made me think so much about my mother, how she loves me, how she suffered for me, to raise me. It's a simple film compared to others masterpieces of Bergman, but still touching and full of meaning.
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.
La vie, l'amour et la mort, version Ingmar Bergman, pour un film qui a pris un certain coup de vieux (progrès de la médecine oblige) mais qui reste toujours d'actualité pour son crucial questionnement existentiel... www.cinefiches.com
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.