Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann
In Swedish, with English subtitles
A couple, a painter and his young wife, migrate to a small island, now their a refuge after a crisis. There, the painter paints though he finds no inspiration some times. The young wife attends to his needs. But the painter is visited by some strange characters which can be real or imagined. The painter believes they are demons. But he is also haunted by images from his past. Meanwhile, an old lady who passes by persuades the young wife to read the painter's diary, hidden in his satchel. Then he disappears.
Obviously, this is a surrealist cinema, where there's a blur between what actually takes places and what is imagined, as if in a dream. This mix is confusing, although everything seems to make sense in the end. The entire film is told on the point o view of the young wife where, in the end, she throws in the rhetoric: Is it true that a woman who lives a long time with a man eventually winds up being like that man? I mean, she loves him, and tries to think like him, and see like him? They say it can change a person. I mean to say, if I loved him much less, and not bothered so of everything about him, could I have protected him better?
Date seen: April 28, 2013