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Wild Strawberries (1957)

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4.5 out of 10 Bergmans laugh a minute extravaganza
Philip from Dublin, 08 Oct 2009
Well, not quite laugh a minute, but this classic film is warmer and funnier than you'd expect given Bergmans reputation. It is a lovely, mellow and affecting road movie about an aging professor - superficially charming and lovable, but in reality quite a cold and selfish man, who is driving across Sweden to collect a major honour. On the way his daughter in law, three hitchikers, his mother and a squabbling couple bring back memories and nightmares of his life. He learns a lot, and so do we.
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3.5 out of 10 Freud writ large
Stuart from Dublin, 20 Jan 2010
Jammed full of Freudian representations of dreams and personality and a bit clumsy with it at times. If you let yourself go into the film and see how Isak grows as a character through how others view him and relate to him. this is a real charmer of a film. Like any Bergman film there are hidden depths that only a couple of viewings will reveal. Not everyone will be bothered by this kind of film but if you like the thinky stuff then you'll like it.
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1 out of 10 Justs didnt do it for me.
Ciaran from Dublin, 12 Oct 2007
This may be considered a classic but it left me cold. Old movie that may just have gone over my head. Sorry if that offends any Bergman aficionados.
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The film that catapulted Ingmar Bergman to the forefront of world cinema is the director's richest, most humane movie. Traveling to receive an honorary degree, professor Isak Borg (masterfully played by the veteran Swedish director Victor Sjostrom) is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and accept his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries captures a startling voyage of self-discovery and renewed belief...

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