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Cries and Whispers


Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Kari Sylwan, Liv Ullmann View All


Ingmar Bergman (Screenplay), Ingmar Bergman (Director) View All

Release: Dec. 21st, 1972
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
As Agnes slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria is wracked with guilt at her husband's attempted suicide, caused by his discovery of her extramarital affair. The self-loathing, suicidal Karin seems to regard her sister with revulsion. Only Anna, the deeply religious maid who lost her young child, seems able to offer Agnes solace and empathy.
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mark f
The film's actual ending is one of the most beautiful of any Bergman film, no matter how much suffering it takes to reach it.
Bergman does eventually showcase some needed intimacy out of these characters via the ending, which is nothing but a wide open window to let the viewer breathe, after being suffocated by the characters' bleakness for such a long time.
I think this is the third Bergman film I've seen, and wow...
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