Wild Strawberries (1957)

written and directed by Ingmar Bergman
with: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson

An elderly professor begins a journey of self-discovery while on his way to Lund, Sweden, to receive an honorary degree. He learns from places, objects and people to understand his present existence and through nightmares, daydreams and flashbacks he remembers things he has done that he regrets. He discovers that he is empty but that he can still change that and give a new meaning to life. This movie is very accessible because of the universal themes that it plays with, it experiments with some visual styles that may have influenced many directors today. At times it may seem slow, but it is always interesting as it has a thick layer of psychology material that it is worth analyzing. It also has very interesting and enjoyable dream sequences. Considered by many to be one of Bergman's most humane and optimistic films, he wrote it while he was hospitalized.

Rating: 8.75/10

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