Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) (1957)

Wild Strawberries (1957) directed by Ingmar Bergmann is a road trip movie. An old Doctor, Isak Borg, goes to the university to receive an honorary degree with his daughter-in-law, Marianne Borg, who doesn’t really like him. While on the road they stop at places from the Doctor’s life and met some fellow travelers. All throughout this Isak is tormented by nightmares of his death. (side note there is a cameo of Max von Sydow in this his second of about ten time working with Bergmann) Can someone who has devoted his life to his career find love in something else? It is often considered by film scholars as on of Bergmann’s best films. Even the Vatican has this movie listed as one of the 45 greatest films of all time, recommended it for its “portrayal of a man’s interior journey from pangs of regret and anxiety to a refreshing sense of peace and reconciliation”. The trouble that Isak has is that he is alone and aloof, Marianne even calls him cold and unfeeling, just like his son. The message here is that anyone can find peace in relationship at any age, even if your advances are rebuffed there is always room and time for love to happen.  Both films show that love is something that is difficult and need to be worked on, it is like a garden, you can not just dig holes and plant seeds, you need to care for it weeding and watering it. I hope that someday we all can find a relationship like we see in Sunrise and not be turned cold by misfortune like Isak is in Wild Strawberries. I think that it is remarkable that both films have held up so well over time, and could work even today in the movie theaters.  I hope we all can have a wonderful weekend.

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