Wild Strawberries (Smultronstallet)


(out of 5)

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).

Svensk Filmindustri

Sweden, 1957

Directed by

Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

Academy Awards 1959

Golden Globe Awards 1959


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