Drama | Swedish with English subtitles | 91 minutes
Grouchy and egotistical Swedish professor, Isak Borg, sets out by car from Stockholm to Lund University, his alma mater, to receive an honorary doctorate. He is accompanied by his daughter-in-law, Marianne. Their relationship is fractious as the pregnant Marianne intends to divorce Borg’s son. While driving, Borg daydreams of old age and impending death. He picks up a series of hitchhikers, each one reminding Borg of his troubled past. One hitchhiker, a young lady, looks much like his childhood sweetheart Sara; he recalls his happy days with Sara picking wild strawberries by the seaside. Borg arrives at the university and receives his honorary degree. But he feels empty and lonely. Can he find closure? In the waning years of his life, can he attain peace and contentment?
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
- Metacritic Score: 88
- 7Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Golden Bear (Best Picture)
- Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Foreign Film
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Superb use of flashbacks and a brilliant performance by Sjostrom make this Bergman classic an emotional powerhouse. Still a staple of any serious filmgoer’s education.
This is one of the truly outstanding works of post-war European cinema. Ingmar Bergman’s allegorical road-movie slips between present and past, dream and reality, to explore the external and internal worlds of its ageing central character.
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