Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)
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Såsom i en Spegel (Through A Glass Darkly)
This decidedly somber film was written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Karin (Harriet Andersson) is a released mental patient who returns home to relive the security of her childhood. Her loving husband Martin (Max Von Sydow) is a medical school physician and teacher she no longer has feelings for. Her writer father keeps a journal of his daughter's condition with an eerie fascination for her deteriorating condition. Karin seduces her 17 year old brother when he confesses he has never had sex. Her dreams are interrupted by voices she believes come from another world.

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Through a Glass Darkly is one of the best and certainly the ripest of Ingmar Bergman's creations, a film as subtle as Wild Strawberries but solider in substance."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It is almost superfluous to note that the film is beautifully made: visually exquisite, ingeniously knit."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Bergman's mastery with actors (there is absolutely never a bad performance in a single one of his films) and with the cinematic form (using space and mood to communicate his theme) is abundantly clear here."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"The first of Ingmar Bergman's bleak but outstanding films from his trilogy of chamber plays about faith, alienation and the emptiness of life."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A truly thoughtful and moving film about human nature and (of course) man's struggle with a higher power."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"You can freeze almost any frame of this film and be looking at a striking still photograph."
‑ Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com
"Not a pleasant film, it is a great one."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A film in search of profound truths that it can only hint at having caught glimmerings of, and it's a truly remarkable experience."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"[Features] The usual fine performances from Bergman's regulars combined with a script that is not as ponderous as much of the director's other works."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Enjoyable, intelligently constructed and technically remarkable."
‑ , Film4
"Elaborately rhetorical at the end, this 1961 film nevertheless develops its theme lucidly and with some of Bergman's most unforgettable sequences."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Preserving a strict unity of time and place, this stark tale of a young woman's decline into insanity is set in a summer home on a holiday island."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Bergman's wintry film has beautiful moments and Andersson gives a great performance, but the film can't shake the weight of the disease-of-the-week movie feel."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Deservedly winning the 1961 Foreign Language Oscar, this gloomy and intense family drama, set on a romate island, is the first in a trilogy that explores issues of religion, faith, and human fraiglity."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's almost a wonder that it works at all."
‑ Ted Prigge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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