Through a Glass Darkly
While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin (Harriet Andersson) discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, the father (Gunnar Björnstrand), along with Karin’s husband (Max von Sydow) and her younger brother (Lars Passgård) 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.
Wow, what a wonderful wonderful movie this is! The first installment of his trilogy of faith, Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly is a powerful meditation on family, love and the search for God that boasts four legendary performances and what must be one of the greatest screenplays ever written. In the style of a chamber play, the film takes a look at a broken family, who perhaps represent different aspects of Bergman and humanity, as they struggle with their faith, sexuality and loneliness. Lines like "We draw a magic circle and shut out everything that doesn't agree with our secret games. Each time life breaks the circle, the games turn grey and ridiculous. Then we draw a new circle…
"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…
This must be the third or fourth time I watch Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly and it still holds up as one of the best films I've ever seen.
Bergman's objective here was clear since the first frame after the credits, as they are walking out of the sea, they'll leave darkness and try to find their paths. Every single one of them has a particular point that needs to be freed. The first, obviously, is Karin; when the movie begins, she had been recently freed from the hospital due some mental problems. This problem is never explicated, all we know is that it's almost incurable and she is still under treatment. This problem is apparently connected with desire, personal…
A sparse, stark and bleakly beautiful meditation on the nature of faith. A minimalist approach to big themes.
The plot is simple:
A woman (Harriet Andersson) has moved home to her Swedish island after a period in a psychiatric hospital with an unspecified mental illness (we are led to believe it's probably schizophrenia)
She lives there with her husband (Max Von Sydow) and her brother (Lars Passgard), an aspiring writer.
Her father (Gunnar Bjornstrand), a struggling novelist has come to the island to live after the death of his wife.
What follows if a chamber piece in the purest sense: The four characters, enclosed setting, and a timeframe of twenty-four hours.
True to its biblical themes and title (from a…
"It's so horrible to see your own confusion and understand it."
The first part of a triptych known to most as Bergman's 'Faith Trilogy'; Through a Glass Darkly is a melancholic and moody chamber piece that reflects the struggles of four family members on an island over the period of 24 hours.
The title is taken from a biblical passage (1 Corinthians 13) and in Swedish translates 'As in a mirror', and while the title is an interesting subject in itself, possibly pertaining to many of the films themes; the search for god, the schizophrenia that darkens Karin's (Harriet Andersson) existence or the distorted perception of ourselves when we look in the mirror. Essentially we are dropped in amongst the…
Brilliant drama; can't wait to see the rest of the trilogy.
I'm back into Bergman.
"Through a Glass Darkly" - WEEK 2 of Fuzz's Bergman-a-Week Project.
I enjoy some of the Bergman films that I've seen, but Through a Glass Darkly just isn't for me.
I didn't totally get the point of this movie.
"One draws a magic 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 directs this Swedish language film which stars Harriet Andersson and Max von Sydow. Twenty four hours with a mentally ill Swedish woman, her husband, brother and farther in a cottage by the sea.
This film is supposed to be about faith and God but I am not really sure it goes into the subject in any depth or offers any original thought on the matter. The acting and direction are good enough but the script feels fairly thin to me. I also think that the main characters madness could have been a better subject for a film and how it affects those around her.
Thorough drama is, among other things, an insightful, heartfelt look at insanity. It focuses equally on all four of its characters, has very good score, and a very effective culmination.
Pounding out some Bergman today. It's so sunny and bright out that I feel like watching emotionally dark, black and white foreign films set in Northern Europe.