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Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light) (1963)

Original Title : Nattvardsgästerna
Director : Ingmar Bergman
Writer : Ingmar Bergman
Genre : Drama
Country : Sweden
Language : Swedish
Producer : Allan Ekelund
Photography : Sven Nykvist
Distributor : Janus Films [us]
IMDB ID : 0057358
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Nattvardsgästerna (Winter Light) (1963) - Ingmar Bergman
 

Starring

Ingrid Thulin Märta Lundberg, Schoolteacher
Gunnar Björnstrand Tomas Ericsson, Pastor
Gunnar Björnstrand Tomas Ericsson, Pastor
 

Plot

On a cold winter's Sunday, the pastor of a small rural church (Tomas Ericsson) performs service for a tiny congregation, though he is suffering from a cold and a severe crisis of faith. After the service, he attempts to console a fisherman (Jonas Persson) who is tormented by anxiety, but Tomas can only speak about his own troubled relationship with God. A school teacher (Maerta Lundberg) offers Tomas her love as consolation for his loss of faith. But Tomas resists her love as desperately as she offers it to him. This is the second in Bergman's trilogy of films dealing with man's relationship with God.
 

Comments

The closest thing to a perfect film I've ever seen It's a real shame that you are unlikely to find this movie in your local video rental store.It's relentlessly concentrated, uncompromising and beautiful.It's paced slowly at the beginning, drawing the viewer in, but repays the effort you put in (and it's pretty short). The story focuses on a disillusioned priest in a remote village who is unable to accept the love offered him by Marta, his friend, and unable to offer the conviction of his faith to save a fisherman from suicide.There are several hidden references to the crucifixion:the time covered in the movie (noon to 3 pm) is the same as the time Jesus spent on the cross, the location of Marta's skin disease corresponds to the "stigmata" or wounds from the nails. I can't recommend this film strongly enough.Every time I see it I am stunned by the beauty and meaning in every single frame.
 
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