Cries and Whispers details
|Formats:||18 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Harriet Andersson, Erland Josephson, Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin, Henning Moritzen, Kari Sylwan|
|Directors:||Ingmar Bergman, Ingmar Bergman|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
Cries and Whispers
|1hr 27 mins||18|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Absorbing dramaBy Philip Concannon from London , 29 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Ingmar Bergman's 'Cries and Whispers' is a compelling portrait of a family dealing with a relative's impending death, while also facing their own demons. Agnes(Harriet Anderssen) is slowly and painfully dying. She is cared for by her two sisters Karin(Ingrid Thulin) and Maria(Liv Ullman) and her devoted maid Anna(Kari Sylwan).
As the sisters care for Agnes, we learn more about their pasts in flashbacks. Bergman reveals us Maria's flirty and unfaithful history and also shows Karin to be a repressed and potentially dangerous character. While the two sisters become more wrapped up in their own antagonism with each other, Anna continues to give herself fully to Agnes.
How you take to 'Cries and Whispers' will depend on your level of patience and your reaction to Bergman's typically austere direction. It's an often painful film to watch(one particular sequence, involving a shard of glass, is incredibly shocking) and the central performances are devastating. Stunningly shot in reds, whites and blacks, the film is filled with with startling imagery and moments of haunting power. It may be hard to fathom exactly what Bergman is driving at here but a few days after seeing it, I can't seem to get it out of my head.
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Cries and WhispersBy Cheggers81 (24 reviews) from Chichester , 10 Jan 2008A bleak and sombre portrayal of torment and suffering, this film is, at times, uncomfortable and unpleasant to watch. Long, protracted silences are shattered by harsh cries of pain, whilst Bergman forces upon the audience the same sense of isolation as experienced by the characters.
The innaccessibility of the characters here may prove too frustrating for some, but for me the lack of easy explanations strengthened the theme concerning the difficulty (or perhaps imbossibility) of human communication.
Like Persona (the only other Bergman film I have seen to date), Cries and Whispers resists easy summarisation and doesn't offer comfortable, satisfying resolutions. It does however linger in the mind long after it has finished.
For Bergman fans - a must see!By Christopher Joyce from Manchester , 16 Nov 2007Shocking, moving and exhilarating. Bergman's chamber piece drama is a must see for his fans or fans of great cinema. If you want to indulge in a bit of existential angst on a rainy sunday afternoon this is the movie for you.
DepressingBy H. D from UK , 30 Oct 2007I knew in advance that it wouldn't be a 'barrel of laughs'! I always find his films depressing;but this one won hands down.(Is it their long,dark winter or what?)Gloom and doom indeed.But,like Ibsen etc. worth watching for the artistic slant.(Wonderful cinematography of course.)
AtmosphericBy a customer from Manchester, England , 15 Oct 2007This was a deep and intelligent film about the idea that families can breed contempt. The three sisters have put up walls around themselves to protect them. And whilst the situation leads to chinks appearing they can't break out of the prison in which they have put themselves. Whilst one is physically sick they are all emotionally sick and all dream of an escape from their illness. I enjoyed it because it was so well filmed, written and acted.
Symphony in redBy IanStewart (129 reviews) from Melton Mowbray , 28 Jul 2007I'd say the stars of this picture were Sven Nyquist, the cameraman, and Marik Vos, the art director. The film is memorable for its visual images - each and every shot is composed like an Old Master painting. The dissolves between shots go to a red screen, and the scenery is in shades of red, with the people dressed in white or black. So the film is a visual experience, rather than a story (and I guess visual experiences are one of the things that films are for). As in many Bergman films, there isn't a 'story' in the usual sense of the word anyway - rather, the film is a series of scenes that portray relationships between the characters. And pretty dire some of these relationships are. The most optimistic character is the woman who spends the first part of the film dying in ghastly agony. I got a bit impatient with the angst-ridden sisters and their stuffed-shirt husbands - after all, these people were living in affluence, with a servant running round after them, and they just got more and more miserable. So because of the rather 'nothing-y' story, I downgrade this film to four stars. I'd still recommend you to see it, simply because of the stunning imagery.
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