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Viskningar Och Rop (Cries & Whispers) (1972)

A haunting and shattering film experience.

Original Title : Viskningar och rop
Director : Ingmar Bergman
Writer : Ingmar Bergman
Genre : Drama
Country : Sweden
Language : Swedish
Producer : Lars-Owe Carlberg
Music : Johann Sebastian Bach
Frédéric Chopin
Photography : Sven Nykvist
Distributor : Continental Home Vídeo [br]
IMDB ID : 0069467
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Viskningar Och Rop (Cries & Whispers) (1972) - Ingmar Bergman
 

Starring

Harriet Andersson Agnes
Kari Sylwan Anna
Kari Sylwan Anna
 

Plot

A family drama takes place in a mansion in the late 1800's. Karin and Maria watch over their sister Agnes sickbed together with the servant Anna. Through flashbacks the lives of both sisters are described, which are full of lies, deceit, callousness, self despise, guilt and forbidden love. Agnes's dramatic death cramp arouses only aversion in them. They both retreat in their own way from her when she grasps for their hands.
 

Comments

Sad, cold, profoundly desperate To see Liv Ullmann, whose nature is so warm and natural, play a role in which her warmth is superficial and fraudulent, is a little offsetting, yet, great actress that she is, she pulls it off, so that if I had never seen her before, I would believe she was that way. "Cries and Whispers," much ballyhooed, I recall, when it appeared, seems too psychoanalytically intense today, dark and mysterious, beautifully filmed in an intense red-yes, very striking against the northern cold, but somehow not entirely convincing.The people are cynically presented as tortured animals caring only for themselves, without a scrap of genuine feeling for others. Anna, the maid, is the exception, so that she may serve as a foil for the rest of them. Harriet Andersson gives a striking performance as Agnes who is dying of cancer.I have seen what she portrays, and can tell you she expressed it in all its horror and hopelessness.Ullmann plays Maria, one of her sisters who touches others easily, but without real feeling, so that the touches mean nothing.For those who grew up cinematically during the seventies, she was a great, expressive, sensual, flawless star of the screen, one of Ingmar Bergman's jewels.Bergman himself of course was already a legend by the time this film was made, a great master who did what he wanted and what he felt, yet never lost sight of the audience.What he seems to be saying here is we are desperate creatures living a cold and ultimately empty existence. The ending clip seems an after thought that seeks our redemption, but it arrives too little too late.We are lost.
 
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