With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not want to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. He is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Instead of flying as was the original plan, he decides to take the day long drive instead. Along for the ride is his daughter-in-law Marianne, who had been staying with him for the month but has now decided to go home. The many stops and encounters along the way make him reminisce about various parts of his life. Those stops which make him reminisce directly are at his childhood summer home, at the home of his equally emotionally cold mother, and at a gas station where the attendants praise him as a man for his work. But the lives of other people they ... Written by
from Ingmar Bergman...creator of "Smiles of a Summer Night" and "The Seventh Seal"
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Did You Know?
Cinematographer Gunnar Fischer
says that several scenes had to be shot indoors due to Victor Sjöström
's poor health. "We had to make some very bad back-projection in the car because we never knew if Victor would come back alive the next day." Nevertheless, as long as Victor was home by 5:15 P.M. each day, "and had his whiskey punctually, all went well." See more
Marianne says she is going to go swimming at the old house, but when she returns her hair does not appear to be wet. See more
Good morning, sweet cousin. What are you doing?
Picking strawberries, silly. Can't you see?
And who shall be favored with these delicious berries picked in the early morn by a lovely young woman?
Nonsense. You know quite well that it's Uncle Aron's name day today. I forgot to make a present. So he'll get a basket of wild strawberries instead.
Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #8.37
Fugue nº8 in E-flat minor
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach See more