Viskningar och Rop (Cries and Whispers)
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Viskningar och Rop (Cries and Whispers)
Cries and Whispers stars Liv Ullman and Ingrid Thulin as the sisters of dying cancer patient Harriet Andersson. Both sisters have already had brushes with death: Ullman has had an affair which prompted her husband's suicide, while Thulin has long wanted to do away with herself, at one point mutilating her own vagina out of self-hatred. As for Andersson, she has been in pain so long that she feels as though she's in the midst of death-in-life. With her two sisters wrapped up in their own problems, Harriet turns to her housekeeper Kari Sylwan for comfort; Sylwan has herself suffered the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The much-vaunted color symbolism is so obvious as to be almost charming in its simplicity, and the gothic ambience never really resonates."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It stands alone and it reduces almost everything else you're likely to see this season to the size of a small cinder."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Some have called it the most painful movie he ever made, and it is easy to see why: the three sisters at the center have lost the wisdom of compassion and replaced it with unending pathos."
‑ David Keyes,
"the hushed, interior tone fails to generate much drama, and the tension never explodes"
‑ Mark Athitakis,
"The most haunting death story in the movies, exquisitely photographed, like a reverie just before the afterlife."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Ingmar Bergman's dark vision of the human condition has focused on individuals incapable of real inter-personal communications except on the most primitive level."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"In order to understand why Cries and Whispers is a great film, it must be experienced, not merely watched."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Starring Sweden's best actresses, this is one of Ingmar Bergman's undisputed masterpieces, which was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A stunning piece of pure cinema by a master filmmaker."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Relentlessly discursive and somber, also hauntingly elliptical and exquisitely crafted."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Bergman's hour remains resolutely that of the wolf."
‑ , Time Out
"Bergman never made another film this painful. To see it is to touch the extremes of human feeling. It is so personal, so penetrating of privacy, we almost want to look away."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a beautifully photographed but painful film to watch."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A masterpiece of color and mood."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A timeless classic for every film student."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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