Wild Strawberries (1957)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Original title:  Smultronstallet

Sweden, 1957.  Svensk Filmindustri.  Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .   Podcast:  My Criterions

Ingmar Bergman’s probing, sensitive drama stars an excellent as a professor who is nearing his twilight years. On a road trip with his vindictive daughter-in-law () towards a ceremony that will honour his career as a doctor, he ruminates on his life, about what made it fulfilling or frustrating in an exquisitely filmed Mrs. Dalloway-like fashion. Along the way they pick up a spirited young woman () and her two boyfriends who inspire more memories of his youthful days. Bergman’s films would often be this deep, but very rarely would they ever be this delicate again (at least for those of us who think that the woman mutilating her genitals with cut glass in Cries and Whispers was just a bit too much).

The Criterion Collection:  #139

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Screenplay

Berlin Film Festival Award: Golden Bear

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Film

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