Wild Strawberries details
|Formats:||15 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Max von Sydow, Victor Sjostrom, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjrnstrand|
|Directors:||Ingmar Bergman, Ingmar Bergman|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Collections:||Award Winners, Award Winners & Nominees, Decades: 50s, Eight Decades of Film, IMDb Highest Rated, Nordic Drama, The Classic Collection|
|1hr 27 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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An elegant, accesible starting pointBy richwatts from Surrey , 16 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]When a director is as critically revered and steeped in acclaim as Ingmar Bergman it can be difficult to know where to begin: viewers are faintly aware that they should like his work but often find the film presented to them leaving tinges of disappointment. When expectations are high, the reality can often be something of a let down.
Fortunately, Wild Strawberries does not invest such feelings. The story of an old doctor's journey with his daughter-in-law to collect an honorary degree for 50 years service to his profession, it is a journey full of introspection, of enquiries into youth and age and of dreams of the past and present. At its base level, it is a film of life and death.
Its meditation on the need for relationships between human beings - explored through the different relationships presented on screen between father and son, husband and wife, brother and sister etc. - are familiar (and thus accessible) to all. Not here are there the artistic pretensions that can make a film ambiguous and hence not enjoyable.
The performances, especially from silent-film star Victor Sjostrom as the old doctor, lend an air of grace to a sumptuous, elegant film that is rich in allegory and symbolism. It is a film that will reward the interested viewer time and time again and which provides an important starting point into the body of Bergman's work.
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YOU ONLY LIVE ONCEBy sljcool (10 reviews) , 20 Oct 2013I am confused why a few people have said they think the film is dated,
of course it is dated........1957
I actually thought it could be relatable to any time,
its a well acted, unique & a very poigniant take on a persons life when he is near his end.
Melodic and richBy Saltster (11 reviews) , 24 Sep 2012This film was a pleasant surprise. Like an enchanting poem. A lyrical contemplation of mortality. You cannot feel anything but sympathy with the main character, and come to like him, who, as the film reveals, certainly has his faults. This film is many layered and beautifully constructed. I would have loved this film as a teenager, as the film does not flinch from playing with philosophy (which would have suited my pretension). However, I am glad to have seen it at this point, as I am probably more empathetic and hopefully more comprehending due to being close to the same age as Bergman when he filmed it.
Less than vintage Bergman but definitely worth watchingBy erp (67 reviews) from Manchester , 31 Aug 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]This is one of Bergman's lighter films - moving in a quiet way, especially at the end, without ever being extraordinarily gripping. For me the strength of his elderly actors - the protagonist, his housekeeper, his mother, the old man in the dream, the old men in the final ceremony - was offset by an irritating unreality in some other scenes (the flouncy young girls, the fighting couple) which seemed like sketchy and unsuccessful first attempts at the kind of eerie and haunting visionary encounters you get in slightly later Bergman.
Just wasn't believable or engaging enoughBy Abby88 (170 reviews) from Bognor Regis , 17 Aug 2012I found this film hard to enjoy. There were parts I liked, such as dream sequences, however overall the film is dated and depressing.
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Thought provokingBy mwalter (3 reviews) from Guildford , 20 Jun 2012Another fantastic film by Ingmar. It is extremely deep, thoughtful and evocative.
Definitely one to watch if you have seen his other films.