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Såsom i en spegel

Ingmar Bergman Sweden, 1961

Jim's rating of the film Through a Glass Darkly

★★★ /DCP/ Visually masterful, yet emotionally distant, Bergman’s story of a young girl’s struggle with mental illness, for me becomes weighted down by an overuse of expository dialogue, distracting from the visual grace of Nykvist’s stunning cinematography. The injection of incest feels more dramatically excessive than illuminating while scenes such as the walls whispering are intoxicating and frustratingly rare.