Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries)
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Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries)
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 medical professor who reassesses his life while journeying to his former university to receive an honorary degree. Borg travels with his estranged daughter-in-law Marianne (Ingrid Thulin) and revisits many of the landmarks of his past, conjuring up memories of his family and of his onetime sweetheart Sara (Bibi Andersson). Returning to the present, he meets a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"It's a personal and profound work."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Mr. Bergman, being a poet with the camera, gets some grand, open, sensitive images, but he has not conveyed full clarity in this film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Gunnar Fischer's photography becomes ever more luminous and Sjöström's performance grows in greatness."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A reviewer must exercise some tact in discussing this picture. It is a work of such high and subtle art that the temptation is to run in with a smother of adjectives and a display of analytical explanation."
‑ Robert Hatch, The Nation
"Several actors who were to form the director's virtual stock company are here, but it is Sjöström who is heart and soul of the film."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"An archetypal Ingmar Bergman film, and one of his best."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"[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."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"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."
‑ Charlie Jackson, Film4
"Bergman's often heralded masterpiece of European cinema is more than a formal delight. It's funny, touching, and very, very emotional."
‑ Eric Melin,
"With unyielding moral precision no less austere for the lack of any religious conviction behind it, Bergman subjects his protagonist to judgment for the crimes of indifference and selfishness, and pronounces a verdict of "the usual" sentence: loneliness."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"One of Bergman's warmest, and therefore finest films."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
" intensely cinematic psychological portrait of a man reckoning with the how and why of who he's become."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"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."
‑ , Total Film
"Swedish master Ingmar Bergman delivered one of his greatest ruminations on love and life in this 1957 drama."
‑ Phil Villarreal,
"One of Ingmar Bergman's many masterpieces, this universal meditation on the meaning of life is extremely well-acted by Victor Sjostrom (also known as director) as ther aging professor."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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