Cries and Whispers (1972)
November 14, 2022 4:11 PM - Subscribe

As Agnes (Harriet Andersson) slowly dies of cancer, her sisters are so deeply immersed in their own psychic pains that they can't offer her the support she needs. Maria (Liv Ullmann) is wracked with guilt at her husband's suicide, caused by his discovery of her extramarital affair. The self-loathing, suicidal Karin (Ingrid Thulin) seems to regard her sister with revulsion. Only Anna (Kari Sylwan), the deeply religious maid who lost her young child, seems able to offer Agnes solace and empathy.

Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman.

94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on HBO Max and Criterion. JustWatch listing.

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posted by DirtyOldTown (2 comments total)
This is a beautiful film, but it also bears mention that even though it sounds impenetrably bleak, it's actually one of the more easily watchable, accessible Bergman films.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:12 PM on November 14, 2022 [1 favorite]

Forgot the trailer!

posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:25 PM on November 14, 2022

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