The Silence
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The third entry in Ingmar Bergman's trilogy about faith and redemption (with Through A Glass Darkly and Winter Light) is a stark and enigmatic allegory fueled by subtle performances from Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom. Thulin plays Ester, a translator and intellectual, who is traveling back to Sweden on a train with her younger sister Anna (Linblom) and Anna's son Johan (Jorgen Lindstrom). They stop in the town of Timuku and check into an old hotel in a foreign land where the language cannot be understood by the three travelers. Ester, who suffers from a terminal lung disease, is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of his most perfectly realized efforts."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Truly intense and cinematically arresting."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Like so many of Bergman's films, this work wanders between the pretentious and the profound."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A put-on disguised as a turn-on, but a healthy reminder that the work of a brilliant director can be enthralling to watch even when he hasn't fully decided what he's doing."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"There is not much dialogue, almost no music, but the sex scenes have vigor and primitive power, to say the least."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One of Bergman's best realized psychological dramas."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a film, masterfully told but reliant on your patience, about isolation, indignation, and unspoken resentment of family obligations."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Unfortunately, Mr. Bergman has not given us enough to draw on, to find the underlying meaning or emotional satisfaction in this film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A bleak study of psycho-sexual cruelty, delivered with predictable brilliance by Bergman and Nykvist."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Immensely powerful, and among the most disturbing of Bergman's works."
‑ , Film4
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