Cries And Whispers (1972)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Viskningar Och Rop

Sweden, 1972.  Cinematograph AB, Svenska Filminstitutet. Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by . Produced by Ingmar Bergman, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Marik Vos-Lundh.  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1973National Board of Review Awards 1973.  New York Film Critics Awards 1972.  

Ingmar Bergman’s most awarded film of the seventies is a sombre, depressing but beautifully filmed drama. While an ailing woman () lies suffering in her bed, her two sisters (Liv Ullmann, ) keep watch over her with their trusted servant (). During their care of the invalid, the two sisters rehash their personal problems as well as everything they’ve suffered together in their family, eventually wondering if it was love or guilt that brought them to their sister’s bedside. Stunningly photographed in rich red hues by the always magnificent Sven Nykvist, this film is fascinating and intense, though at times the melodrama feels overly ripe for its own good.

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