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Wild Strawberries Reviews

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March 30, 2018
Extraordinary film making. I have to say the ending is a bit of a cop out. It's optimism betrays the substance of the film. The only other quibble l have is it implies psychopathy is heritable. But it is a truly remarkable film.
February 10, 2018
1001 movies to see before you die.
September 14, 2017
Film school stuff, for "serious" film people (like this Reviewer) - Woody Allen material but not quite as good nor as amusing - a collection of scenes, scenarios, & vignettes that barely hang together. Bergman apologists can explain that; but really it's not that good. The commentary superimposed more on the film than was there in the form of homages, etc. An old man recalls a life that seems full outwardly but maybe not in reality. Sort of an introspective hoity-toity road movie, actually, that manages to avoid pretension. The protagonist loses his true love fianc to the bad-boy lothario cousin. Bitter & never sweetened throughout a long life. Nice Swedish blondes throughout but not as profound as the serious film'ists would have you believe. The euro school - perhaps advanced for its time. Interesting the snappy pants outfits for the women in the late '50's. | - Norm de Guerre
August 18, 2017
I think there was lesson in there somewhere.
½ July 10, 2017
Wild Strawberries is a touching, funny, and ultimately bittersweet look at an old mans reflection on life, that was ultimately filled with mistakes and regrets. This film will always stay relevant because every one of us will come to our final days, laid up in bed, where all we'll have left to do is ponder over the mistakes, and hurt we've committed throughout our lives. Its wonderfully acted by Victor Sjstrm, and sensitivity handled by acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman.
Yes it's a bit slow and self indulgent in the beginning, but it's something everyone should see atleast once in their lives.
June 27, 2017
Haunting and just plain sad, Wild Strawberries is Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece of cherishing memories and how we come to see life in it's good or bad glory
June 21, 2017

Wild Strawberries is plenty poetic and thoughtful in a very particular way and makes for a very convincing and unique experience of nostalgia, even if its implied ephemeral qualities dont make it as intriguing as I feel it couldve been.
May 24, 2017
The most impressive feat of this film? The transitions in tone. Ingmar Bergman moves from the dark and dreary tone of the Professor's first dream; meditating on how he is unwilling to deal with the inevitable end of his life, to a jaunty and quite hilarious exchange with his lovely housekeeper, played marvelously by Jullan Kindahl.

This is a fantastic film with a lot to say, even if it not all of it comes across as prominently as others. Victor Sj¶str¶m delivers the performance of a lifetime, and Ingmar Bergman directs this film with fine and precise direction. Masterful storytelling from top-to-bottom.
April 2, 2017
Dr. Isak Borg, 78, is a renowned physician and researcher. His life's experiences have left him cold, distant and uncaring. Now he is travelling to be awarded an honorary degree by a university, a reward for his life's work. Driving with his daughter-in-law Marianne, currently estranged from his son Ewald (whose personality seems to be following that of his father's), he finds himself reminiscing about his past, especially his 20s. He has also been having strange dreams, dreams that remind him of the person he has become, and potentially what lies ahead for him.

Incredibly thought-provoking and emotional movie. A metaphor for life and what you make of it. As someone who could understand how Isak could get that way, and even endorse how he feels, this was an eye-opening, and potentially life-changing, movie.

While many of Bergman's movies are sombre and depressing, this, having started that way, turns it all around, channeling the negativity to find something positive. A very nostalgic and uplifting movie. Also, not that predictable in its positivity. The upliftment sneaks up on you...

Wonderful film.
December 20, 2016
no ending to the thoughts, that this masterpiece can provoke
December 18, 2016
This is not as good as Fanny and Alexander, although it is a rueful examination of a life at the end of it (instead of F&A's beginning of life). The brighter note of the story -- the three young people -- does not blend well with the other darker notes. It seems that this may have been a much more melancholy reflections. The happier ending seems to be more hopeful than realistic.
November 17, 2016
To be a work of great human tenderness, there must be raw pain.

My favorite Bergman film that I have thus far seen.
½ October 19, 2016
Classic movie of a man reflecting on his past life as he visits places where he had grown up and people from his past in his dreams.
October 10, 2016
An incredible portrait of aging and reflection on life when seeing death in the near future. Filled with plenty of surreal moments that only add to the complexity of what is being illustrated, Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece is a necessary viewing that earns its reputation as one of the director's finest efforts.
July 11, 2016
Saw this on 10/7/16
The most realistic and least pretentious film from Bergam and clearly his best from what I've seen thus far. The film combines nostalgia, dread, emotions, reflections on life, beautiful cinematography with memorable scenes and fine performances, especially from Victor Sjostorm in his last screen appearance.
July 8, 2016
One of the most beautiful films I've ever seen, Bergman writes a great story and he invites you to take a trip of life with an old man.
July 5, 2016
A different kind of road trip movie.
June 29, 2016
Wild Strawberries finds writer-director Ingmar Bergman at his most eloquent, gracious and sentimental in this road trip about an elderly doctor reminiscing about the past and engaging in existencial dialogues.
Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
½ April 15, 2016
This is a quiet film, with an old man reflecting back on his life as he travels to an awards ceremony with his daughter-in-law. It may sound too sedate to hold one's interest, but it does. Through dream sequences filled with symbolism and dialog with people he meets along the way, we get a picture painted of his life, its key moments, and how he evolved over time. We see the common thread - his serious, intelligent, considerate, yet cool and judgmental personality - and how that made him a very successful doctor, but created difficulties in his personal life. We see how he lost the real love of his life when she was picking wild strawberries and his own more passionate brother pursued her, and how his subsequent marriage to another was plagued with strife and his wife's infidelity. We see how this carried down to his son, his unhappy childhood, his depression, and the difficulty he has in his own marriage. We also see the perils of old age, seeing death coming, being sentimental, and fearing becoming obsolete. We see that despite his brilliant career and the very prestigious award he's just been given, the most meaningful, happy moment in his life was simply fishing on a peaceful day with his father, a sentiment which has a 'Rosebud' feel to it.

The film is not heavy or hard to watch and just enjoy Bergman's storytelling, but at the same time it does have a weightiness to it - in recalling the soul-crushing moments of sadness in life, in his sentimental reflections of his childhood, in his weighing in on two younger men's debate about God's existence ("I see His traces wherever flowers bloom"), and as he thinks about his mortality. Some comic relief is provided in his relationship with housekeeper, who brings a smile when she leaves her door ajar as she goes to bed in case he "wants anything", after having bickered with him for the entire movie (and presumably decades of their lives).

I don't see the film as being optimistic or pessimistic, or as much 'warmer' than his other work, though other viewers certainly seem to and there are moments of charm, such as when the young woman of the three he gives a ride to talks to him, asks him for advice, and sweetly says she loves him as they part. Bibi Andersson played both this role and the role of the girl in the strawberry patch that he lost, which has a certain symmetry and renewal to it. However, I think the movie is realistic and balanced, with just as much bittersweetness as sweetness - even the married couple they nearly get into a car accident with make endless snide comments about one another - and its genius is in showing us truths about life that are common to us all.

While the movie doesn't preach or overtly push a message, you realize just how hard it is to lead a virtuous, positive life without regrets - and reflect on your own life, where you place priorities, how you treat people, whether you appreciate the small moments, or recognize the pivotal ones - all the things that you will probably remember at the end. Great art does this, spur reflection, and that's the case with 'Wild Strawberries'. Don't believe all the hype, but at the same time, don't be intimidated either - this would be a good one to see.
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