Wild Strawberries

Wait... is that Swede... smiling?

Title: Smultronstället
Year: 1957 (Sweden), 1959 (US)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Writer: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin
Music: Erik Nordgren
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay (1960); currently #132 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 91 minutes
Synopsis: an old man on a road trip faces his mortality
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh).
Objective Rating: 6/10 (points off for concept, story, pacing and subjective rating) c. 2.8/4 (Good).

Slow and boring. Great music. I always complain about the Nihilist outlook of this sort of mid-century European art film. But in this case, the ending is up beat, and it just confuses me. I do not know what to make of a happy Ingmar Bergman character.


One Response to Wild Strawberries

  1. fche626 says:

    Awww, I was never bored by this film :P Actually, I’ve watched it like 15 times. And it’s true, GREAT music, I can’t get it out of my head every time I watch the movie.

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