screenplay and directed by Ingmar Bergman
director of photography Sven Nykvist
edited by Siv Lundgren
cast Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Bibi Andersson, Jan Malmsjö and others.
In the early 1970s, Ingmar Bergman made an outstanding debut in the field of television production with one of the most successful series in Swedish history. He subsequently edited the six-part series into a feature film, which is the most straightforward one in our festival selection. An ongoing marriage crisis crammed into studio interiors serves as a psychological study of relationship and dependence or a simple need for intimacy. A film so suggestive in its depiction of the stultifying mundane and day-to-day routine setting in after the honeymoon phase – that the divorce rate in Sweden allegedly rose after its premiere.