Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Wild Strawberries

I recently watched this great film by the great Ingmar Bergman. In Swedish it is called Smultronstället. In the 1957 film Dr. Isak Borg looks back on his life as he takes a road trip with his daughter-in-law to receive  a scholarly award.

Isak has been successful professionally, but other than that his life is really empty. He is estranged from his son and daughter-in-law, and he comes to wonder how he ended up with the loneliness surrounding him.
As he goes on his journey he also journeys through his life with dreams and flashbacks to earlier times.
As he nears his journeys end, Isak begins to realize that he has missed the important things in life and tries to make amends.

This film is very much like Kurosawa's Ikiru, which I just watched, and also similar to Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. While Kane looks back on his Rosebud sleigh, Isak looks back on the wild strawberry patch of his youth.
A great movie by a great director.