Cries and WhispersDirector: Ingmar Bergman
Cries and Whispers stars Liv Ullman and Ingrid Thulin as the sisters of dying cancer patient Harriet Andersson. Both sisters have already had brushes with death: Ullman has had an affair which prompted her husband's suicide, while Thulin has long wanted to do away with herself, at one point mutilating her own vagina out of self-hatred. As for Andersson, she has been in pain so long that she feels as though she's in the midst of death-in-life. With her two sisters wrapped up in their own problems, Harriet turns to her housekeeper Kari Sylwan for comfort; Sylwan has herself suffered the death of a child, and has developed a philosophical attitude towards impending doom. One of the most influential moments of the film -- when two of the sisters share the innermost thoughts that they'd kept from one another for so many years -- is filmed without benefit of dialogue, with the music of Chopin (enhanced by cinematographer Sven Nykvist's carefully selected camera angles) "speaking" for the ladies. While Cries and Whispers only won the Oscar for cinematography, the film did very well for itself in international awards contests.
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Cast & Crew
|Erland Josephson||David, the doctor|
|Henning Moritzen||Joakin, Maria's Husband|
|Anders Ek||Pastor Isak|
|Inga Gill||Aunt Olga|
|Linn Ullmann||Maria's daughter|
|Marik Vos-Lundh||Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer|
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I still can't believe what a beautifully written story, what a beautifully filmed movie, and what a beautifully acted film this is. The ensemble acting, like the dialogue throughout, can be, at times, brooding, minimalist, dreamlike, yet searing; the very moving relationship between the dying Agnes (Harriet Andersson) and Anna, the loyal maid (Kari Sylwan), is so lovingly innocent and achingly pure, it is almost hard to watch. But watch we must, and with the many extreme closeups of the actors' faces, we have no choice but to look deeply into their eyes, only to become inextricably tied to their souls.