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 has no fear of approaching a subject that makes many uneasy, the consequences of being human and the inevitability of one's end. The film contains all of the joy, disgust, love, doubt and unsettlement that one faces when reflecting upon their life. Even the best of us face these things at the end, and I think maybe that's why this film is so relatable. Who better to broach this subject than Bergman?
Uma masterpiece para o grande público. Uma obra que evoca a luta contra o tempo, na história da viagem de vida dum homem solitário que é galardoado profissionalmente mas que perece pessoalmente. Um sujeito moribundo, ressentido e perturbado, onde só é capaz de encontrar paz na sua infância. Além disso, é frequente ser transtornado pelos seus sonhos e pela viagem que fará, onde dará vida às suas reminiscências.
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.
An absolutely superb film about a man looking back on his life, facing his faults and accepting his mortality. Full of nostalgia, it captures this immense feeling of an optimistic sadness which is hard to forget, this would be a great double bill with Kurosawa's Ikiru.
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.