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Ingmar Bergman

Cries and Whispers

Viskningar och rop

A dying woman (Harriet Andersson) is attended to in her rural mansion by her sisters.

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Sweden 1972
Dir Ingmar Bergman
With Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin, Harriet Andersson, Kari Sylwan
English subtitles
Certificate 18

A dying woman (Andersson) is attended to in her rural mansion by her sisters (Ullmann, Thulin) and her maid... That’s the simple premise for one of Bergman’s most resonant studies of familial bonds, solitude, suffering and the female psyche. The remarkable saturated colour scheme transcends mere recreation of early 20th-century furnishings, décor and costumes; performed to perfection, the film is an examination of the human soul.

See our Blue Room talk, Bergman’s Portraits of Women, free to ticket holders of Cries and Whispers on Tuesday 20 February at 20:45 (book via box office due to limited capacity), otherwise £6.50.


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