Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
Sweden, 1966. Svensk Filmindustri. Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. Cinematography by Sven Nykvist. Produced by Ingmar Bergman. Music by Lars Johan Werle. Production Design by Bibi Lindstrom. Costume Design by Mago. Film Editing by Ulla Ryghe.
This breathtaking film by Ingmar Bergman follows the personalities of two very different women. One is a popular actress (Liv Ullmann) who has been struck dumb by some unknown force, and the other is the nurse (Bibi Andersson) who is hired to take care of her while they are in seclusion. The nurse busies herself by chattering away all day to fill the empty silences, and eventually she develops a relationship with the mute Ullmann that develops into a strange swapping of personalities. Filmed with a great sense of atmosphere and intimacy, the highly charged performances by both women magnify the beautiful work that Bergman has done as both writer and director. This stands as one of his greatest achievements in his long, highly acclaimed filmmaking career.
The Criterion Collection: #701