While vacationing on a remote island, Karin discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, the father, along with her husband and brother, are unable to prevent Karin’s harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness.
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The sort of film, one imagines, Bergman could make in his sleep: a 90-minute implosion of angst and delusion, done as a well-drawn chamber piece. I remain conflicted about his legacy. Today, his philosophizing on "God's Silence" looks not only humorless, but simplistic—or is it that we're so jaded we no longer bother to ask such questions? Either way, his enduring talent is as an image-maker. God is a spider.
For a long time I haven't had any interest in narrative cinema but this was a great surprise, and it has been a long time since a film held my interest like this.. wonderful blend of drama, emotion, intriguing dialogue, natural and restrained acting, and the odd glimpses of exceptional beauty (like the opening scene, and the window scenes; such luminous beauty). Looking forward to exploring more of his works.
Really quiet, haunting drama. The performances were perfect; especially in the silently-falling-apart Bergman style. The cinematography was intense, highlighting the natural Scandinavian landscapes. My favorite part were the last twenty minutes. The films in the Silence of God trilogy are necessary for understanding Bergman's development after The Seventh Seal and before Persona.
Bergman had a special way of making films dark and sexual all at the same time. Breathing life into the characters, so much so that they seem real and often at times it feels like a reflection of ourselves.
I just couldn't get into this one. It seemed too long, too drawn out, and just not very interesting. It lacked that emotional hold so strong in Bergman's other films. Here, everything is just coldly manipulated. It's a well made film, I won't deny that, but it didn't do much for me. I still look forward to seeing the rest of the trilogy though.
There are quite a lot of metaphors in this movie that reflects the current state of my life. With that said, I have felt a deep connection with Karin (not related to the illness) and I can say with conviction that being in her shoes i.e. confused, is difficult.
One of the greatest lines in cinematic history - "It's so horrible to see your own confusion and understand it."
I will go on with life, and watch this again.