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Cries and Whispers

Viskningar Och Rop

Ingmar Bergman | 1972 | 91 MINS
Sweden | Subtitles
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When a woman dying of cancer in early twentieth-century Sweden is visited by her two sisters, long-repressed feelings between the siblings rise to the surface.

In Detail

The film's approach is not linear. Through the use of flashbacks, dream sequences, and enactments of journal excerpts, the timeline becomes muddled.

While the main story focuses upon Agnes' death, the forays into the past concern Anna, Karin, and Maria, giving us greater insight into these three women, showing incidents from their lives that explain why they react as they do when faced with a stricken woman on her deathbed. The sisters have made little of their lives and even in extremis cannot console or comfort each other.

Ingmar Bergman unflinchingly probes the pain of solitude, disappointment, godlessness and death.

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