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The Touch


A happily-married woman embarks on a passionate love affair in this fine Bergman drama.

Image from The Touch

Sweden-USA 1971
Dir Ingmar Bergman
With Bibi Andersson, Elliott Gould, Max von Sydow, Sheila Reid
English subtitles
Certificate 15
A BFI release

Karin (Andersson), a happily married mother of two, surprises herself by responding in-kind to an unforeseen profession of love from David (Gould), an archaeologist visiting Sweden, whom her doctor husband (von Sydow) has befriended. But love, however toxically exhilarating, is seldom simple, and deceit and David’s volatile temperament take their toll. Due to dubbed prints and mixed reviews, The Touch all but disappeared for decades. Now, however, the psychological precision of Bergman’s script and the subtlety and intensity of the performances can be properly appreciated, along with the evocative autumnal colours of Sven Nykvist’s burnished camerawork. Utterly compelling; a revelation.

Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large

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