Touching on many of the themes that would define the rest of his legendary career—isolation, performance, the inescapability of the past—the tenth film by Ingmar Bergman was a gentle sway toward true mastery.
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There is a great love for humanity in the way the camera here is content to rest on a face, trusting it to convey incredible subtleties and depths of emotion. Credit is due to Bergman and to Fischer, but also to the actors, in particular Nilsson, with whom it seems impossible not to be in love.
An idyllic and poetic story about a bitter woman locked in her own past. Love is something new to her when she encounters a lunatic student. They spend a lovely summer - days that aren't meant to sleep. A tragedy occurs that will change her life forever, leaving her alone with art, with ballet. She has to confront her past and bury it in order to find the true happiness in life. A lovely romance to watch unravel.
Incredible. Bergman here is sweet, nostalgic, bitter, and happy (?) all at once. Nilsson is perfect, supported by great technical mastery. The setting, rural Sweden in the summer, is for me one of the most magical places on earth, even if tragedy does occur. One thing though, I never realize if it is supposed to be night-for-day or midnight sun. Someone help me with that.