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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Dark and mysterious, beautifully filmed in an intense red. Harriet Andersson gives a striking performance as Agnes who is dying of cancer. I have seen what she portrays, and can tell you she expressed it in all its horror and hopelessness. The ending clip seems an after thought that seeks our redemption, but it arrives too little too late. We are lost.
One of Bergman's best, and most emotionally intense. Imposing is a good word, I think. Is anyone ever in the mood to watch Cries and Whispers? If so, I'm not sure I'd want to experience that, but at least I know (from my perspective, at least) after each viewing, that it was worthwhile to have seen it again. Powerful.
Masterpiece. Harriet Andersson's full-lipped sensuality is nowhere to be found, hidden under an excellent performance of decay. Bergman's embracing of color culminates in this explosion of crimson, Sven Nykvist outdoes himself, creating emptiness in such lush interior. And as always, Ingrid Thulin is fantastic.
Ingmar Bergman explained the use of the color red his film: "'Cries and Whispers' is an exploration of the soul, and ever since childhood, I have imagined the soul to be a damp membrane in varying shades of red."
A just companion to life's darker moments that provides piercing insight into loss, jealousy and redemption. The baroque colour palette should be odds with the distilled subject matter but it provides a glorious visual spar to the wrenching familial drama. Probably the most well-formed of Bergman's latter works.
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.