Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
Original title: Smultronstallet
Sweden, 1957. Svensk Filmindustri. Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. Cinematography by Gunnar Fischer. Produced by Allan Ekelund. Music by Erik Nordgren. Production Design by Gittan Gustafsson. Costume Design by Millie Strom. Film Editing by Oscar Rosander. Podcast: My Criterions.
Ingmar Bergman’s probing, sensitive drama stars an excellent Victor Sjöström as a professor who is nearing his twilight years. On a road trip with his vindictive daughter-in-law (Ingrid Thulin) 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 (Bibi Andersson) 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