Bergman Island

audience Reviews

, 57% Audience Score
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    “Can I tell you about the story I’m writing?” A couple retreat to the island that inspired Ingmar Bergman to write screenplays for their upcoming films when the lines between reality and fiction start to blur. Bergman Island is a light-hearted drama that’s been going from festival to festival the past few month. People have praised it as a great feel good movie for cinephiles. If I’m being honest, I haven’t actually seen a Bergman film. The closest I’ve gotten was this year’s limited series Scenes From a Marriage based on his film. Being in film school, though, I am familiar with his works and what he has done for cinema. Bergman Island is there to pay homage to the name Bergman. Everything about it is centered around the filmmaker. The first 45-minutes actually goes through a tour and gives the audience a slice of who he was. This is good for those who don’t know him. After a little bit, it does begin to feel more like a lesson than part of the movie. It is necessary to know all of this information but it can be a bit excessive. It almost feels like it’s testing our knowledge and talking down to us. When we get into the actual story the movie is about, it becomes an enjoyable time. Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth play a troubled couple trying to find their voice for their upcoming screenplays. The two play their characters well. I found Krieps’ character more appealing. We are supposed to side with her and follow almost the entire time so that is inevitable. Her passion for film and wanting a story centered around a woman like her is delightful to see. Where the movie finds a unique voice in story is Krieps’ idea of a story. The movie becomes a movie inside of a movie. This movie that we’re watching stars Mia Wasikowska as a woman similar to Krieps’ down to the look. This new story actually took my interest more than the overall one. It’s very fun and a little more relatable. And Wasikowska steals the entire show! By adding this new aspect, it grounds the movie as a whole. Both stories start off string but lose steam as they go along. By the time we get to the new story, it felt like it was going nowhere. As great of an idea as this is and it works well, the placement is awkward. Not till about an hour in so we see this. It diverts our attention, and for good reason, but feels out of place to begin with. By the end of the new story, I started to feel some fatigue. The very end of the movie leaves us on a hopeful thought. It’s a movie full of hope and there to inspire others to let their creativity flow. Mia Hansen-Løve showcases good filmmaking through direction and writing. I’m glad I saw it once it ended. I do think there were story aspects that could’ve been approved upon, but this is a downright enjoyable movie. Bergman Island is available to rent on VOD and it’s one that I’d like to revisit again someday.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    Movie is totally a time waster
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful setting and a story that only gets interesting when Mia gets on the screen. You will need patience to watch it. Sometimes the movie gets boring but then it gets beautiful again.
  • Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars
    Boring pretentious claptrap that makes Bergman films look scintillating. Don't waste your time. The scenery is the best thing.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Bergman Island is a fascinating meta drama. Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth were both great. The standout has gotta be Mia Wasikowska. She was excellent, and delivered a truly memorable performance. The screenplay was a highlight. I liked the Ingmar Bergman references (which there were probably many I didn’t get), and I loved the film within the film. Everything involving Wasikowska worked wonders with me. All of the other stuff was still great though. Overall, I had a great time with this. This was my first film from Mia Hansen-Løve and I hope to see more in the future.