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As Inger languishes, characters not only have different outlooks on how to regard her situation (including the town doctor, who at one point bluntly asks something to the effect of, "What do you think helps more: your praying or my medicine?.
Morten believes in a God who wants his family to be happy and rejoice, and he believes that Peter is just suffering through life and can't wait for death to find some reward.
The movie presents at least four views toward faith: the fundamentalist, a dogmatic view of the Lutheran faith, the non faith of the agnostic, and a man who struggles as much with his sanity as he strugles with his faith.