Bergman does a Woman’s Film. Many Bergman films are full of or centering on women but its interesting how one of his least critically successful films is one of the few where the women don’t begin and end the film neurotic and suffering. To deride this as a “stylized melodrama” is to forget that that’s what the majority of Bergman’s films are.
A sympathetic comedy about the existential crisis in the couple. Perpetual rebounds, reminiscences, jealousy and the boring life of the little bourgeoisie. However this one looks more like a formalistic exercise than a real accomplished and personal film.