★★★½ / DCP / Bergman’s sentimental journey of an old man’s reflections of a long life coming to an end is bursting with deeply felt truths, grounded through the joyful performance by Sjostrom, who finds humanity in the cantankerous old man. Full of wondrous moments, the memories of youth, the hitchhikers, the empty award ceremony and that breathtaking final shot.
Amo essa frieza delicada do filme. A lenta dor boa de existir e se transformar, ainda que na iminência do fim . A mudança como lei imutável. E esse embate entre Deus e a Ciência , entre a Moral e o Desejo, com a Dor no centro de tudo. É no devir-criança que nos encontramos em pessoa.
A masterful meditation about mortality and finitude, from cinema's most systematic dissector of it. Multiple 'deaths' appear here: Not only ageing, but also the 'death'of patriarchy (yet matriarchy is also the target) of 'Knowledge' versus Love, of 'Science' versus 'Nature' and, ultimately, of the death of God, as Isak 'experiences' crucifxion. The ephemeral joy of childhood is refracted as one of Life's last rays.
A melancholy but delicate film, which starts in a painful way but leaves us almost with a tender smile. In the end, in fact, it recounts the reconciliation with memories, in the form of a road-movie between dream and reality, present and past. Simply a classic, what else can you say?
Interesting reflection and discussion about religion, people and life itself by the man who can deliver these kind of dialogue, Ingmar Bergman. Fantastic story that use flashbacks and dreams to tell about a life in retrospective. It is also light and endearing with Victor Sjöstrom being charming in the leading role.