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Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Sweden 1961 91 mins. In Swedish

Bergman’s first serious foray into examining family trauma and dysfunction follows a young family to remote Fårö Island. Family patriarch David (Gunnar Björnstrand) is an existential novelist whose emotionally fragile family’s hold on reality centers on their individual feelings of living in an empty universe. Daughter Karin (Harriet Andersson) is a schizophrenic recently released from the hospital and now under the care of her doctor husband Martin (Max Von Sydow). Karin’s personal demons prove to be shared (and repressed) by her family, and the Fårö Island backdrop provides a stark, ascetic stage for their spiral into madness. This landmark film—the first in the “Faith Trilogy” that included Winter Light and The Silence—solidified Bergman’s reputation as subversive provocateur, shattering sexual taboos and emotions while attempting to posit a new definition of God. Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film, and nomination for Best Screenplay. In Swedish with English subtitles.