Viskningar Och Rop

Viskningar Och Rop

Cries and Whispers

DVD | Swedish
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A story of four women's search for spiritual peace. Agnes is dying of cancer and is visited one last time by her two sisters, Karin and Maria. These two become entangled in feelings of jealousy, manipulation and selfishness. Yet Agnes is able to transcend her sisters' pettiness to remember moments of staggering beauty as well as horror.
Copyright Date: ©1972
ISBN: 9780780024038
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital mono
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (3 fold out pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
Alternative Title: Cries and Whispers


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Feb 06, 2016

Not for the faint of heart.

I can't help but wonder, though, if it wouldn't be possible to learn just as much about these people--about all people--without so much agony

Jan 16, 2015

A woman’s impending death from cancer tears apart the already tenuous relationship she has with her two sisters in Ingmar Bergman’s unhappy look at sex, lies, and anxieties in a fin de siècle Swedish manor. As the dying Agnes (Harriet Andersson, magnificent) alternates between calm reflection and violent outbursts her sister Maria (a glowing Liv Ullman) becomes increasingly detached from her own life, engaging in a petty affair while barely tolerating her despondent husband. Sister Karin on the other hand shrinks from all forms of love and human contact, even taking a piece of broken glass to her vagina as if to mock her husband’s conjugal expectations. Only Anna, the family’s loyal maidservant, seems emotionally equipped to deal with Agnes, cradling the frightened woman close to her breasts while whispering soft comforts—could she be thinking of her own child whom she lost years earlier? As Agnes’ final hour approaches an ice cold chasm opens between each character with Maria and Karin going through the motions of sibling intimacy (the husbands relegated to mere background noise) while Anna dutifully dresses them and prepares their meals. And then Agnes dies and the family dynamics shift one final time… This is not a subtle film by any means—autumn stalks the backyard, sunlight ebbs and floes through curtained windows, and winds sigh around mossy statues. The sisters’ luxurious mansion itself becomes a powerful psychological space with off-white gowns fluttering past walls painted a lurid blood red and everywhere the incessant ticking of clocks. An adulterous kiss is exchanged in a shadowy doorway, a visiting parson’s prayer over Agnes’ body turns into an anguished cry for personal salvation, and in one particularly harrowing scene a post mortem visit between Agnes and her sisters drives home the final wedge. The theatrical flourishes may seem stagey to some, but for those of us accustomed to the master’s touch this is quintessential Bergman.

Sep 17, 2012

The movie is austere, but that doesn't mean it deserves a 1 star review. I think you do a great disservice to the film and to your fellow library patrons, who might not watch this brilliant film because of your rating. Anyone who knows anything about film will be well aware of the masterful direction, excellent script, amazing performances, and the powerful cinematography. You may be disinterested in the subject matter, and for that I don't fault you, but failing to at least recognize the greatness displayed by those behind and in front of the camera, that's just pure ignorance.


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