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.
the allusion to wild strawberries becomes significant as it is the symbol of regeneration: through his inner journey, mixing dream and reality, Borg sees the truth about his life and its emptiness. The film charts his growing intimacy with his daughter-in-law and an eventual inner peace.
A man looks at himself, his life, his regrets and the childhood that is his sanctuary amidst his loneliness. a film about mortality, lost time and, ultimately, redemption. The parade of characters that cross paths with Isak represent themes like the inability to enjoy life, nihilism, the vitality of youth. Great cinematography. i did feel however that the movie lacked something... more impactful moments, perhaps.
A feather less than 4 stars for me. The transfixing oneiric otherness of the dream sequences made me wish that Bergman had been a dedicated Surrealist, but that would mean doing without his worldly sentimentalism. He has too much pessimistic love for humans to be a Švankmajer or a Buñuel. This was, in effect, Bergman's retelling of 'A Christmas Carol', but in the hazy heat of summer. Touch of Powell & Pressburger too
Spectacular opening B&W dream sequence echoes Magritte and other painters, emphasising perhaps the difference between art-with-film and film-as-art. Thereafter a more realistic shades-of-grey monochrome story is told, echoing Citizen Kane with a reticent middle class protagonist rather than Welles's super-rich dynamic entrepreneur. And, sadly for me, lacking Citizen Kane's punchline. Enormously enjoyable film.
A tale of loneliness, and how one can miss what really matters. But rather drawn out and slow, long flashbacks, all a bit sweet. Visually the most arresting is the first dream, the scene of an empty town in which the clocks have stopped and in which a hand/ his double grabs him and wants to pull him into the coffin which has fallen out of the hearse. A nod to Entr'acte perhaps.
An elderly Professor thinks back on his life and starts to consider how he could have changed things, and been less cold to the loved ones around him, as he drives to collect another accolade for his work. This Ingmar Bergman film is yet another of his classics, despite some minor mis-steps and one or two exchanges between characters that feel too affected and silly. Well worth your time.