Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) 15

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DIRECTOR Ingmar Bergman
CAST Victor Sjöstrom, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand

Bergman’s warm, humane road movie about an ageing academic travelling with his daughter-in-law to collect an award and reflecting on his life.

The second film in our celebration of the centenary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth is also one of his warmest. It follows an ageing, grouchy academic (a brilliant performance from Victor Sjöstrom) as he takes a nostalgic road trip, accompanied by his daughter-in-law (Bibi Andersson), to accept an award. The journey traverses memories, reveries and illuminating encounters with family members and strangers alike, all beautifully played by a superb cast of Bergman regulars.
(1957 Sweden 87 mins Subtitled)

This is one of the truly outstanding works of post-war European cinema. Ingmar Bergman’s allegorical road-movie slips between present and past, dream and reality to explore the external and internal worlds of its ageing central character … ‘Wild Strawberries’ emerges as one of the Swedish director’s most elegiac and humane films. It builds, through its flashback structure, a compassionate portrait of a man coming to terms with the disappointments and sorrows of an emotionally constrained life. Masterfully shot by cinematographer Gunnar Fischer and movingly acted by Sjöström, “Wild Strawberries” glides from scenes of expressionistic distress to pastoral idyll.  Tom Dawson, BBC

Language: Swedish plus Latin

BBFC advice: Contains mild threat, infrequent mild sex references and language
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