Winner of an Oscar for the extraordinary color photography of Sven Nykvist, this existential wail of a drama is one of Bergman’s most striking formal experiments. Two sisters, keeping vigil for a third, who is dying of cancer and can find solace only in the arms of a beatific servant.
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All the red! Beautiful film by Bergman, full of a nearly impossible number of nuances for a film with only 90 minutes, 4 characters, and long silences. What we get are different responses to life and death, and always the clock ticking...For all his morbid obsession with the inevitable end, it should be noted that Bergman always finds the journey to be worthwhile.
Maybe one day I'll be able to appreciate this film more. Despite some beautiful images and brilliant acting performances, I just can't connect with this like I can with the other Bergman films that I've seen.
A perfect piece.
The actors' performance is perfect, the symbolic colours fit perfectly with each scene of the movie. Everything in this movie is worth watching, each movie transition, each frame, each cry, each whisper.
An okay little movie with some unintentionally hilarious moments that feel like something out of a Carol Burnett Show parody. Scenes played with full screaming face-twitching intensity.
Bergman was really laying it on thick with this film. Pretty, but just not terribly interesting.
I have been trying to make up my mind about this one, and it definitely warrants a second watch. I found the style interesting, and I have read before that although this is a drama, it is shot as a horror film. The four actresses are spectacular and I enjoy them all. It's a very complex film, and I still cannot make up my mind about the film. I like it, but maybe not as much as other of Bergman's work.