Cries and Whispers (1972)
A wrenching, tortuous probe into the variously battered interior lives of three sisters and a country maid gathered in an isolated baroque manor at the turn of the century to watch the eldest die an agonising death.
On a purely formalist level, Ingmar Bergman's film is impeccable. But it's more than that. Anchored by several of the rawest, most mesmerising performances singed onto celluloid, it burrows with hurting, devastating preciseness into the panic of a pain that can infiltrate and suffocate the soul at its core.
wr/dir: Ingmar Bergman
ph: Sven Nykvist
ed: Siv Lundgren
ad: Marik Vos
cast: Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Liv Ullman, Kari Sylwan, Erland Josephson, George Arlin, Henrik Moritzen, Anders Ek
Labels: Best? Picture