Ordet ★★★★★

There's a link to the theater here: Dreyer adapted a play; he sets his camera at wide, objective angles; there are only a handful of characters and even fewer locations. But I think I'm also making that connection because, especially in its catharsis, Ordet is more "something else" than it is film.

It's hard to imagine anyone else making something so elemental, in which each character represents a way of life, and they all intersect even though they're disconnected. Chris Fujiwara wrote that the film is made with "the sense that everything is both happening for the first time and happening in eternity." At the same time, it's a film about the totality of faith that feels doubting until it convinces itself.