Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries)
Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) (1957)

After exploring his disillusionment with religion in his previous films, Ingmar Bergman adopted a humanistic approach for this classic study in isolationism. Legendary Scandinavian director Victor Sjöström stars as Isak Borg, an aging… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

It's a personal and profound work.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Bergman, being a poet with the camera, gets some grand, open, sensitive images, but he has not conveyed full clarity in this film.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Gunnar Fischer's photography becomes ever more luminous and Sjöström's performance grows in greatness.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

An archetypal Ingmar Bergman film, and one of his best.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Wild Strawberries" is a thematically abundant film that fluidly condenses a lifetime's worth of experience into succinct cinematic fragments under Ingmar Bergman's complex construction of abstract corollaries.

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Charlie Jackson
Film4

The relentless symbolism, and some rather heavy-handed dream sequences are off-putting at times, but Wild Strawberries has enough sorrow, warmth and profundity to make for sophisticated and rewarding viewing.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One of Bergman's warmest, and therefore finest films.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...an intensely cinematic psychological portrait of a man reckoning with the how and why of who he's become.

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Total Film

If some of the symbolism is a bit top-heavy, Bergman's richly evocative contrasts of youth with age more than compensate, as does Sjöström's majestic performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
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Greg S
An aging professor has dreams and flashbacks to his youth as he drives to a university to accept an honorary degree. An elegiac reflection on an ordinary life;… More
danny d
much less involved than many of bergman's other films, but profound in its simplicity. i was less impressed with the camera work than usual for his films,… More
Josh Morris
Wild Strawberries is the quintessential Bergman film, touches on most of his favorite themes and becomes more rewarding and profound upon further viewings as… More
Mike S
"You know so much, and you don't know anything." Master of all things meaningful, oeuvre-crafter Ingmar Bergman is no stranger to philosophy.… More
Chris Weber
I absolutely loved the other two Bergman films I've seen, and this one has a reputation for being one of his absolute best, but in all honesty, I really… More

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