Bergman’s third film, yet another extremely fucked up coming of age story, darker than Crisis, but unfortunately messier as well. Elements work for me, the abusive father son relationship is well written, likely because Bergman has a lot of axes to grind there. The biggest problem is the female characters, they are painfully underwritten, problematic at times. The themes at play with the female characters just don’t gel with the bulk of the film. Uncharacteristic for Bergman.
Besides from all that, it’s well directed and there are a few moments of brilliance. One shot in particular struck me, where a man sits and mopes in an apartment while the police are trying to get in, waiting motionless to be arrested, realising there is no point in escape.
The boxset has a thematic arrangement as I previously mentioned. So far all three films have had love triangles where a child cuckolds their parent. Ingmar you sly dog.