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 ...
from Ingmar Bergman...creator of "Smiles of a Summer Night" and "The Seventh Seal"
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Did You Know?
The dummy that Isak Borg mistakes for a pedestrian during the dream sequence was constructed from a balloon and a silk stocking. See more
When Isak looks up at the faceless clock, he retreats into its shadow. Next cut and there is no shadow. See more
Me and my wife are dependent on each other. It is out of selfish reasons we haven't beaten each other to death a long time ago.
Referenced in Bananas
PARADEMARSCH DER 18:ER HUSAREN
Music by Alwin Mueller See more