A young woman, Karin, has recently returned to the family island after spending some time in a mental hospital. On the island with her is her lonely brother and kind, but increasingly desperate husband ('Max von Sydow'). They are joined by Karin's father ('Gunnar Björnstrand'), who is a world-traveling author that is estranged to his children. The film depicts how Karin's grip on reality slowly slips away and how the bonds between the family members are changing in light of this fact. Written by
Winner Swedish Academy Award 1962
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Critics in the United States were initially dismissive of the film. A critic from Films in Review suggested that "Bergman may be approaching the end of his vogue." Several years hindsight allowed American critics to warm to the film, which the consensus eventually agreed was a classic. See more
When Martin and David are taking up nets in the boat, Martin puts his pipe in his mouth and then takes the oars and starts to row. In the next shot, the pipe is gone. See more
Papa spoke to me.
Sarabande from Suite No. 2 in D minor for Violoncello
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