Wild Strawberries

SF Film

The elderly college professor Isak Borg is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Lund. On the morning of the ceremony, he wakes up early in a cold sweat after a nightmare. In the dream, he was standing in a deserted street comple¬tely alone, the clocks have no hands and every¬thing is silent and empty. A horse-drawn hearse slowly moves down the road, the horses bolt suddenly and the coffin falls out as the carriage tips over, its lid open. When the professor wakes up he realizes his sub¬conscious is trying to tell him something and he begins to reflect on his life.Instead of flying to Lund, he decides to drive instead. His daughter-in-law, Marianne, who is visiting Stockholm, joins him. Together they travel through the Swedish summer and the professor’s life history.For the professor, the trip becomes a journey where the present is blurred by shadows from his past and where the boundary between dream and reality has been erased. Here is the summerhouse of his childhood with its wild strawberry patch and his childhood sweetheart, Sara, who left him for his brother, carefree Sigfrid. Here is his 100-year-old mother alone in her large house, which nobody visits. Here is his long-dead wife, Karin, bitter and disappointed by her hus¬band’s inability to love. Here also are the Åkermans, a couple who remember with gratitude and warmth the professor as dis¬trict medical officer. And here are the three hitchhikers Sara, Viktor and Anders whose lust for life and sponta¬neity represent the unspoilt aspects of life.

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Wild Strawberries

Title Wild Strawberries

Original title Smultronstället

Director Ingmar Bergman

Country Sweden

Film status Completed

Original language Swedish

Cast Victor Sjöström, Gunnar Björnstrand, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson

Script Ingmar Bergman

Production company SF

Release 1957 Dec, 26

Format HD

Duration 91 min

<strong>The elderly college professor Isak Borg is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Lund. On the morning of the ceremony, he wakes up early in a cold sweat after a nightmare. In the dream, he was standing in a deserted street comple¬tely alone, the clocks have no hands and every¬thing is silent and empty. A horse-drawn hearse slowly moves down the road, the horses bolt suddenly and the coffin falls out as the carriage tips over, its lid open. When the professor wakes up he realizes his sub¬conscious is trying to tell him something and he begins to reflect on his life.Instead of flying to Lund, he decides to drive instead. His daughter-in-law, Marianne, who is visiting Stockholm, joins him. Together they travel through the Swedish summer and the professor’s life history.For the professor, the trip becomes a journey where the present is blurred by shadows from his past and where the boundary between dream and reality has been erased. Here is the summerhouse of his childhood with its wild strawberry patch and his childhood sweetheart, Sara, who left him for his brother, carefree Sigfrid. Here is his 100-year-old mother alone in her large house, which nobody visits. Here is his long-dead wife, Karin, bitter and disappointed by her hus¬band’s inability to love. Here also are the Åkermans, a couple who remember with gratitude and warmth the professor as dis¬trict medical officer. And here are the three hitchhikers Sara, Viktor and Anders whose lust for life and sponta¬neity represent the unspoilt aspects of life. The elderly college professor Isak Borg is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Lund. On the morning of the ceremony, he wakes up early in a cold sweat after a nightmare. In the dream, he was standing in a deserted street comple¬tely alone, the clocks have no hands and every¬thing is silent and empty. A horse-drawn hearse slowly moves down the road, the horses bolt suddenly and the coffin falls out as the carriage tips over, its lid open. When the professor wakes up he realizes his sub¬conscious is trying to tell him something and he begins to reflect on his life.Instead of flying to Lund, he decides to drive instead. His daughter-in-law, Marianne, who is visiting Stockholm, joins him. Together they travel through the Swedish summer and the professor’s life history.For the professor, the trip becomes a journey where the present is blurred by shadows from his past and where the boundary between dream and reality has been erased. Here is the summerhouse of his childhood with its wild strawberry patch and his childhood sweetheart, Sara, who left him for his brother, carefree Sigfrid. Here is his 100-year-old mother alone in her large house, which nobody visits. Here is his long-dead wife, Karin, bitter and disappointed by her hus¬band’s inability to love. Here also are the Åkermans, a couple who remember with gratitude and warmth the professor as dis¬trict medical officer. And here are the three hitchhikers Sara, Viktor and Anders whose lust for life and sponta¬neity represent the unspoilt aspects of life.

Title Wild Strawberries

Original title Smultronstället

Director Ingmar Bergman

Country Sweden

Film status Completed

Original language Swedish

Cast Victor Sjöström, Gunnar Björnstrand, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson

Script Ingmar Bergman

Production company SF

Release 1957 Dec, 26

Format HD

Duration 91 min

Genre: Drama






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