High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
Through a Glass Darkly
While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, the father, along with Karin’s husband and her younger brother, are unable to prevent Karin’s harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness.
Bergman relaxes a bit with this one and sticks to more easygoing topics like suicide, incest, mental illness, and hatred. Pretty breezy stuff.
After watching this, I was curious what the title referred to. Looking it up brought me to the Wikipedia article on the Bible verse in which it is contained, and I was genuinely moved by the beauty of the verse, so I thought I would share it here (editing out the chapter numbers and such):
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods…
Probably my least favorite Bergman film that I've seen so far, but don't think of that as a negative. Through a Glass Darkly is a deeply powerful film, tumbling and shivering with indelible characters interwoven with heartrendingly existential themes. With a small but potent cast and Bergman's typically masterful direction (that ties right into the look of his "faith" trilogy), this small but heavy work of bravery and emotional purity is not to be missed.
” I don't know if love is the proof of God's existence or if it's God itself.”
First part of Ingmar Bergman’s Faith trilogy is a film that leaves its viewers confused, scared and shattered, Through A Glass Darkly is a shuddering study of love, faith and human relationships which like most of Bergman’s films is seeking the answer to some of the most challenging questions that has ever crossed the mankind’s mind, for Bergman the answer to those questions is the key to an easier and less tormenting life, like the Swedish director himself, the characters of his films are struggling with those questions but most of the times there is no clear answer and sooner or later his…
"One draws a magical circle around oneself to keep everything out that doesn't fit one's secret games. Each time life breaks through the circle, the games become puny and ridiculous. So one draws a new circle and builds new defenses."
Ingmar Bergman doesn't need a plot or narrative, he takes the natural simplicity of existence and toys with reality and consciousness in order to experiment with life's complexities. Through a Glass Darkly is a visual conception with a philosophical way of thinking. Passionately examining moral and spiritual nature and the effects uncertainty has on the mind.
Karin (Harriet Andersson), who is suffering from a terminal illness and was recently released from an asylum, retreats to a remote island with her…
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After I watched the movie I felt pretty displeased with it. I went on to write a fairly lengthy 3-star "review" (4 to 6 paragraphs; for me that's a lot) pouring my soul out and giving arguments as to why I felt that way. But the more I would write the more I would come up with stronger counter-arguments in favor of the movie. After a few frustrating hours and a lot of thinking I've come to the conclusion that I was so affected by the film's bleak and hopeless tone that I inadvertently faulted it for being so dark.
The movie takes place during the course of 24 hours on an island where a family spends a vacation together:…
I think my second favorite Bergman of the 5 I've seen thus far (behind Persona). Really benefits from its haunting, monotonous tone and bleak realism. Often Bergman's hyperemotional screaming matches and fantastical elements seem overdone to me, so this felt properly measured as a quieter exploration of religion and artistic license.
This film was made after Bergman’s supposed magnum opus, The Seventh Seal (which I have already reviewed), and as you can tell when you watch it, it is a lot more sombre, less fantastical, but with the same Bergman flourishes that make his films so inherently watchable.
Through a Glass, Darkly (the title taken from a biblical verse), is set on the remote Swedish island of Gotland, where a family of four; that is, a father, his son, his daughter, and his daughter’s husband, are vacationing to calm the air between them and assimilate their daughter back into a happy life after her return from electroconvulsive therapy, a treatment for her schizophrenia. The father, David (played by Gunnar Bjornstrand, from…
I'm a little indifferent with what I just watched here. So far in my marathon watching of Bergman's films it's the hardest one to get through in terms of its very dense plot and subsequent hard hitting themes. Bergman here deals with mental illness and religion (something explored in an earlier film I watched this year The Virgin Spring). Of course I picked up on a little Streetcar vibes here (the ending especially) but nonetheless it's Bergman at his gloomiest. It's still a very terrific study on mental illness and families especially when it's kept almost in secret from everyone else. Each member of the party is isolated on this island together, and in their own personal ways. The father…
An amazing look at religion and emotion from Bergman, who is quickly becoming my new favorite director.
One of the best films I've ever seen on the subject of mental illness. Technically this film is almost flawless as well. The composition of each shot and the blocking were masterful. Ingmar Bergman at his finest!
Bergman shows in Through a Glass Darkly similar themes to what he has shown before in his faith trilogy. In this movie, the main theme is the effect of a person's mental illness in a family through each of their minds. It has little to no flaws by the compelling, haunting performances, Harriet Anderson's in particular, and Bergman's talent of clashing atmosphere with a theme with melancholic atmosphere, somewhat claustrophobic, and the meanings of each exhibition. Through a Glass Darkly is a minimalistic piece, like many of Bergman's work, and with that, it is a beautiful, powerful one.
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So this was my second Ingmar Bergman film, with my first being The Seventh Seal. Just from The Seventh Seal alone, I had already witnessed the brilliance that a film of Ingmar Bergman’s consists of. This film helped me analyze Bergman as an auteur. Poetic films with characters that suffer with fear and confusion, in our corrupt society.
Karin is a young woman with Schizophrenia, currently living on an isolated beach house with her loved ones. She suffers by having to watch how her Schizophrenia affects the people she cares about, in the strange world that she is living in. By the end, the family must have faith in God,…
Interesting to see the relationship between Karin (her mental illness) and ruins. The first scene we notice her "behaving differently" she's upstairs on the desert room. Then there's the wrecked ship, dark, with shifts of light, sparks of clarity, but mostly insanity, confusion, and doubt.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A very deep film with underlying tones and themes. Ingmar Bergman brought this story to life. This film reeled me into the story quick. I fell deep within the character's lives. Granted, there were only 4 characters throughout the film, it was easy to focus on them more than having more.
This film is about Karin, who has a mental disorder but can't decide weather it's because she is getting signs from god, hasn't had sex in ages, or just whatever else it may be. This film can be taken in various different directions with each person who watches it, and that's what I love. There are so many hinted innuendos that it requires a deeper level of thinking to…
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