Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light)
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The Winter Light is the second in a trilogy of dramas by acclaimed Swedish director Ingmar Bergman that explores religious faith and doubts in a visceral, visual, and provocative manner. The first, Through a Glass Darkly, was an international success and heralded this new phase in the director's career. This compelling drama is set within a three-hour period on a Sunday afternoon in November, and begins when the local pastor, Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Bjornstrand), is finishing his sermon. As of late, Pastor Ericsson has watched his congregation dwindle to a minimal level. Among the remaining… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[I] was awestruck by its bleak, courageous power."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Much suffering, none of it very illuminating."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Winter Light presents a philosophical and moral puzzle without providing any definite answers, which, considering the subject matter, is probably the way it should be."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Bergman's by-far bleakest, but most challenging film ever."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"Never a comfortable film, it's finely acted by a familiar Bergman ensemble, and the awesomely cold vistas form a perfect counterpoint to the spiritual freeze."
‑ , Time Out
"a perfect film"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"One of cinema's great comedies."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"Beautifully shot (Sven Nykvist captures the winter light of Sweden), well conceived and played with sincere simplicity."
‑ , Film4
"Mr. Bergman may not be praised for it, but he has made a thoughtful, engrossing, shocking film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This bleak chamber piece serves as Bergman's farewell to his Lutheran pastoral father's strict religious upbringing."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Within the bare plot lies a treasure trove of subtleties."
‑ Jake Euker,
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