Agnes (Harriet Andersson) is dying in the house where she was born; her sisters, Karin (Ingrid Thulin) and Maria (Liv Ullmann) come to care for her, but most of the caring is done by Anna (Kari Sylwan), the family's devoted servant. The spirit of Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu hovers over this hermetic and often painful portrait of women.
Presented in association with Sydney Film Festival and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop)
Seasons & Screenings
14 Jun + 23 Jun
In the six years that followed Persona, Bergman made a quartet of increasingly grim depictions of the human condition (Hour of the Wolf, 1968; Shame, 1968; The Rite, 1969; A Passion, 1969) and then rather reluctantly tried his hand at making an English-language film, the rarely seen The Touch (1971), with Elliott Gould.
Cries and Whispers was a return to basics, a film that centred around four women claustrophobically confined to a house whose deep-red fittings are superbly captured by cinematographer Sven Nykvist.