• The Juniper Tree

    The Juniper Tree

    Had this naturalistic fairytale been done in the original Icelandic tongue I guess it would have been even more believable and emotional to me as I found the accents a little out-of-place, but as a film this is a minimalistic and stark cold one about survival and tragic consequence. Had only that kid been more sympatetic and likeable. At least Björk is magnetic as always and is the film's heart and centerpiece.

  • Summer with Monika

    Summer with Monika

    After the hot and burning summer filled of sex and desire comes the cold and cruel winter of hate and bitterness. The baby is to blame. The film that kick-started the genre of Swedish sin and porn by showing the audience the briefest moment of a cute female butt.

  • Waiting Women

    Waiting Women

    ★★★★½

    Could probably even be categorized as an "anthology" movie as this film consist of three tales that are connected only by the fact that it is told by three married women who all happen to know each other. It is both warm, humorous and realistic all in one package. Bergman truly loved his female leads and here he happened to have the film packed with them. That love for these women flow over to the viewer too.

  • An Affair

    An Affair

    Teacher. Leave that kid alone. Has potential to be a powerful and erotic drama about sex between teacher and pupil, but only fullfills it's promise halfway through - and makes the mistake of letting the pupil get easy off the hook when he is the one starting the tease in the first place. Okay, for a lazy night.

  • Sensation

    Sensation

    A lot more fun and engaging than I thought with a georgeous and psychic Kari Wuhrer having sex visions and a suspicious looking Eric Roberts feeding her new sex visions with him - is he the killer? Ron Perlman play the laziest detective ever while gorgeous Claire Stansfield do the thankless Eric Roberts' girlfriend role. It is all sleaze fun here and everyone knows it - especially Kari Wuhrer's silicion tits.

  • Nova Lituania

    Nova Lituania

    Somehow I got to wonder how wonderful this film would have been if it only had gotten a little more money so it could show us Kaunas and Klaipeda of the late 1930s a little more clearer and deeper in it's pre-WW2 splendor. It would have given so much more richness during it's quiet moments of philosophic dreams and talk of hopeful projects. A film that explore it's past and dare to ask "if it is happening again?".

  • Port of Call

    Port of Call

    Tackles subject matters that was pretty taboo at the time in Scandinavia «that young teenage women had sexual longings» and illegal abortion to name just two of it’s numerous heavy social topics. Pretty sure this was banned several decades in Norway as well. Bergman’s flair for drama and the film’s gorgeous photography made me glued. Bergman seldom disappoints and this one is another minor neglected classic of his.

  • Summer Interlude

    Summer Interlude

    "Summer Interlude" is truly a better title than the Swedish one as this feels like the perfect interlude between the old studio-bound Bergman and the auteur who finally finds his own voice and path. Here, we get a leading actress bitter and torn from a life of a lost nostalgic lover and an incestous secret with a twisted creepy "uncle" that turn to her own hate against God and religion. Bergman found his true self here.

  • A Lesson in Love

    A Lesson in Love

    Truly one of the lesser known Bergmans. An old school romantic comedy about a married couple who love to «swing around» when the other half is not there. It is spiced up with Bergman’s frank language and the fact that Ingmar himself loved women - a lot. Probably the ending is the true weak point of the film. It is probably a bit too positive and happy for Bergman to be truly effective.

  • A Lesson in Love

    A Lesson in Love

    Truly one of the lesser known Bergmans. An old school romantic comedy about a married couple who love to «swing around» when the other half is not there. It is spiced up with Bergman’s frank language and the fact that Ingmar himself loved women - a lot. Probably the ending is the true weak point of the film. It is probably a bit too positive and happy for Bergman to be truly effective.

  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    Eerie, creepy and experimental. Dated, sure and the organ music turn annoying but the impact and the influence this film had on horror films can not be wiped under the carpet. There are images here - though easy in execution and direction - that leave more mental scars on your brain than newer and better looking films. It’s crudeness is what make it stand above it’s competition. See the long version too if you can.

  • The Sweet Hereafter

    The Sweet Hereafter

    The first half builds up and is tense, especially the feel of dread, tragedy and darkness that follow the school bus with it's eerie music and gorgeous photography. The second half will feel unsatisfying for some but is very close to real life - it gives us unclosure, unfullfillment and sadness. It give no happy ending and all characters has to keep on living without the ones they hold dear. Just like in real life.