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4,056 Ratings

Winter Light


Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, 1963


Small-town pastor Tomas performs his duties mechanically before a dwindling congregation, including his stubbornly devoted lover, Märta. When he is asked to assuage a troubled parishioner’s fear of nuclear annihilation, Tomas is terrified to find that he can provide nothing but his own doubt.

Our take

Perhaps one of Ingmar Bergman’s most startling, and indeed, most thought-provoking of films, Winter Light is a stark chamber drama that masterfully examines one man’s search for meaning. A riveting and resolute character study, depicting a man of faith caught in an existential crisis.

Winter Light Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Critics reviews

Ingmar Bergman’s Winter Light is one of cinema’s great comedies, consistently producing the kind of hard, hearty laughter that nourishes the soul through its deceptively dour deadpan—imagine Robert Bresson directing a Buster Keaton feature and you’ll have an inkling of its brilliance.
February 28, 2005
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I’m relieved to find a film like Winter Light, which understands that at the very root of faith are those same unanswered (and perhaps unanswerable) questions. Despite its existential bleakness, watching Winter Light was, in fact, a faith-affirming experience for me.
August 18, 2001
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