Through flashback sequences, fantasies and dreams, a professor goes on a voyage of self-reflection and discovery. In doing so he muses on the success and failures of his past whilst finding peace in his impending death. A film that catapulted Bergman to international acclaim.
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Bergman's feel good road-movie is not the best from the director - that being said: it's a beautiful trip with Isak, through time and present. I really like the table scene with the family together - it's wild and nostalgic, just like memories are. A true film to watch with a smile on.
I rewatched Wild Strawberries after 4 years, and found it an amazing optimistic existential film that I didn't quite "get" the first time around. Bergman shows us an old man's journey through his dreams of his old memories, relationships with others and regrets which ends in re-evaluating his life and acceptance of his faults. Truly amazing.
I was often reminded of Dickens' A Christmas Carol while watching the film. I'd say it's my favourite twist on this type of self-reflective story. The first dream is a stand-alone short film that I'd watch over and over again.
Dealing with a lifetime of struggles at the dusk of one's existence seems like one of the most devastating tasks you could embrace, yet Mr. Borg does it with sheer grace and tenderness. To me, this is the perfect introductory film to Mr. Bergman's brilliant career.
Nowhere near the masterpiece I was led to expect. Not a bad film, but I just never really connected with it, and it never moved me in any way. Very strong performances, and some great imagery - especially in the dream sequences - but it was incredibly pretentious at times, and ultimately uneventful and unsatisfying.