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Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Sweden 1963 95 mins. In Swedish

“The third film in his ‘Faith Trilogy,’ The Silence offers a sexually frank depiction of two emotionally conjoined sisters who, while traveling in a strange European country, begin a tortured struggle of separation. Ester (Ingrid Thulin), a lesbian intellectual, is physically attracted to her sister Anna (Gunnel Lindblom), herself the sexually vibrant mother of a 10-year-old boy. While the carefree Anna indulges in casual sex, her son briefly falls in with a troupe of dwarves who inhabit their otherwise deserted hotel, while Ester wastes away from alcohol and tuberculosis. Bleak, dense, puzzling and heavy with symbolism, certain sexual scenes were profoundly shocking at the time—all the more so, perhaps, for the unadorned frankness with which they were presented. Impeccably interpreted by two of the best actresses in Bergman’s impressive stable, this is a dark, passionate, elusive and disturbing work.”—The Holt Foreign Film Guide. In Swedish with English subtitles.