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8.3
/10
1,707 Ratings

Shame

Skammen

Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1968
Drama, War

Synopsis

Former musicians Jan and his wife, Eva, have left the city to avoid a civil war and now live on a rural island. While the situation seems idyllic, the couple’s isolation begins to wear on their relationship, and eventually the armed conflict that they’ve tried to flee arrives on the quiet island.

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Shame Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1970 | 2 wins including: Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globes (USA)

1969 | Nominee: Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1968 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Critics reviews

This period, in which Bergman was portrayed as being so out of touch with a quickly changing present-day reality, also produced his most radical filmmaking… Shame is anything but a hermetic, disengaged and non-reflexive film. It subtly frames what should be a central question for any remotely responsible or engaged work: the extent to which art, here the moving image, can respond to the atrocities of “real” history.
March 23, 2014
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The black-and-white palette seems imbued with ashes; the taut long takes and febrile closeups are poised on the edge of collapse, and the chaos is captured with a punishing immediacy. The life of the couple, with their stifled resentments and unfulfilled dreams, also explodes with the emotional equivalent of war; even reduced to feral subsistence by Job-like torments, the lovers mark history with their intimate revelations.
November 30, 2012
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