“Bergman Island” reclaims a narrative; not only on behalf of women, but on behalf of joy itself.
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, the movie begins as a travelogue, before wandering off its own path and into the wilderness of self-discovery.
Depicting a filmmaking couple who take a retreat at Ingmar Bergman’s Swedish island of Fårö, Hansen-Løve’s work has the audacity to be a vibrant optimist, in a spiritual and physical place so often rendered in existential black and white. Hansen-Løve has crafted an entry that is as much for Bergmanphiles as it is for rank amateurs in the realm of Scandinavian angst.
The director herself gives no greater pass for the ease of approach to “Island,” than by granting us a…