Posted on 4/05/13 03:50 PM
Ok, wow after seeing The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries I could allready see greatness from Ingmar Bergman allthough I thought that both of those movies didn't have the greatest pacing. I didn't think either of them were masterpiece's but were just close they did make me wanna see more from Bergman as his films are truly one of a kind. Basicly i'm left with my mind blown it's that feeling you get inside you when you know you have just seen a great film, it's like I just got uplifted spirtually or something, a similar feeling I got after seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time.
I'd say that persona is very much a complex character study between two young woman it's about a nurse named Alma (Bibi Anderson), the psychatrist at the hospital sends Alma to a seaside... cottage to lo...ok after a famous actress named Elisabeth (Liv Allman). Liv has since stopped talking prehaps due to a trauma Alma examines her and tells her very personal things about herself like some unpleasent sexual experience's she has had in the past. She does her best to care for Elisabeth and try to get her to talk but she soon reads a letter written by Elisabeth to the hospital that mocks Alma so there relationship becomes ruthless. Alma soon has a dream or nightmare if you wanna call it that where her and Elisabeths idenitys intertwine, it seems both ladies have mental health problems.
The movie is very unique with great visuals, inventive and complex storytelling, intruging dream sequence's, great performence's by the two leads (Bibi Anderson for one gave one of the best female performence's ive ever seen), great cinematography and direction this is a must-see. My eyes were glued to the screen throughout the whole running time, not once did I loose interest Ingmar Bergman now lives up to his title, the film is strange and creepy and so compelling with a mysterious ending that could allow the viewer to come up with there own interpritation, without a doubt an essential film.