(out of 5)
Various plot strands fit together uncomfortably in this enjoyable but strange drama. Rut is on a lecture tour with her husband and, after a chance encounter with a former lover, flashes back to when they were together and she got pregnant with his child. In the present she argues endlessly with her husband, while his ex-girlfriend goes to a psychiatrist who immediately puts the moves on her. Later, she meets up with a female friend who tried to win her affection years after she had tried to win Rut’s. A bit too much convenient connecting between the characters, yet for some reason the many plots (based on stories by author Birgit Tengroth) never believably make a cohesive whole and are often hard to follow. As always, director Ingmar Bergman contributes strong dialogue and gets great performances out of the actors.
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer
Produced by Helge Hagerman
Music by Erik Nordgren
Production Design by Nils Svenwall
Film Editing by Oscar Rosander