colbarrios’s review published on Letterboxd:
Ordet isn’t a really methodical film. It shows a family in crisis and their process in finding the potential resolutions. Dreyer seems to be very concerned with the theatricality and it times it almost feels like a play. I also think it could work nicely onstage, too. The characters felt fleshed out and real.
There are a handful of magic moments throughout, when Johannes, the brother, comes out of his rooms as both the doctor and priest leave and Johannes sees spirits on the wall, they’re the flashing lights from the leaving car. The light movies and he tries to almost interact with them.
The ending is powerful and subtle. Dreyer loves and embraces the theatrical, he isn’t afraid to let music and a restrained performance do their work.
Really lovely stuff.