THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
SÅSOM I EN SPEGEL
1961, Janus Films, 89 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and featuring an astonishing lead performance by Harriet Andersson, Bergman’s film presents an unflinching vision of a family’s near disintegration. While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin (Andersson) discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, Karin’s father (Gunnar Björnstrand), husband (Max von Sydow) and younger brother (Lars Passgård) are unable to prevent her harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness. In Swedish with English subtitles.


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