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Wild Strawberries

1957-12-26 Drama 1hr 31m

Crotchety retired doctor Isak Borg travels from Stockholm to Lund, Sweden, with his pregnant and unhappy daughter-in-law, Marianne, in order to receive an honorary degree from his alma mater. Along the way, they encounter a series of hitchhikers, each of whom causes the elderly doctor to muse upon the pleasures and failures of his own life. These include the vivacious young Sara, a dead ringer for the doctor's own first love.

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Crotchety retired doctor Isak Borg travels from Stockholm to Lund, Sweden, with his pregnant and unhappy daughter-in-law, Marianne, in order to receive an honorary degree from his alma mater. Along the way, they encounter a series of hitchhikers, each of whom causes the elderly doctor to muse upon the pleasures and failures of his own life. These include the vivacious young Sara, a dead ringer for the doctor's own first love.

  • Released
    1957-12-26
  • Revenue
    n/a
  • Budget
    n/a
  • Runtime
    1hr 31m
  • Genre
    Drama
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    Latin, svenska
  • imdb-logo
    8.1
  • Production
    SF Studios

Crew

Ingmar Bergman
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Screenplay
Allan Ekelund
Producer

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Cast

Victor Sjöström

Victor Sjöström

Professor Isak Borg
Ingrid Thulin

Ingrid Thulin

Marianne Borg
Gunnel Broström

Gunnel Broström

Berit Alman
Gertrud Fridh

Gertrud Fridh

Karin Borg
Sif Ruud

Sif Ruud

Aunt Olga
Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow

Henrik Åkerman
Åke Fridell

Åke Fridell

Karin's Lover
Yngve Nordwall

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Uncle Aron
Per Sjöstrand

Per Sjöstrand

Sigfrid Borg
Gio Petré

Gio Petré

Sigbritt Borg
Gunnel Lindblom

Gunnel Lindblom

Charlotta Borg
Maud Hansson

Maud Hansson

Angelica Borg
Ann-Marie Wiman

Ann-Marie Wiman

Eva Åkerman
Eva Norée

Eva Norée

Anna Borg
Lena Bergman

Lena Bergman

Kristina Borg
Monica Ehrling

Monica Ehrling

Birgitta Borg
Per Skogsberg

Per Skogsberg

Hagbart Borg (uncredited)
Göran Lundquist

Göran Lundquist

Benjamin Borg (uncredited)
Helge Wulff

Helge Wulff

The Manager (uncredited)
Peder Hellman

Peder Hellman

Sigbritt's Baby (uncredited)
Vendela Rudbäck

Vendela Rudbäck

Elisabeth (uncredited)
Ulf Johansson

Ulf Johansson

Mr. Borg (uncredited)
Erik Nordgren

Erik Nordgren

Conductor (uncredited)
Josef Norman

Josef Norman

Professor Tiger (uncredited)
Gunnar Olsson

Gunnar Olsson

Bishop (uncredited)
Harry Asklund

Harry Asklund

(uncredited)

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Reviews for Wild Strawberries
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A Review by tanty 8

Written by tanty on 2013-03-15

Bergman talks about the meaning of life and the pass of time. Great cast, that will repeat in several of Bergman's movies and remarkable ... read more

Bergman talks about the meaning of life and the pass of time. Great cast, that will repeat in several of Bergman's movies and remarkable performances from Ingrid Thulin and Victor Sjöström.

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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2024-02-04

There's a great scene near the start of this film that sees an horse-drawn hearse get it's wheel caught between the kerb and a lamp-post. Th... read more

There's a great scene near the start of this film that sees an horse-drawn hearse get it's wheel caught between the kerb and a lamp-post. The horses persist in moving forward, the wheel comes off and we have a coffin exposed in the middle of a deserted street. A passer-by approaches the coffin only to find it's occupant still alive - and, worse still, it's him! It's "Dr. Borg" (Victor Sjöström). Is it portentous? Well it made me smile anyway, as does quite a lot of this thought-provoking drama. It centres around this learned man who is to travel to Lund next day to receive a great honour for his services to the medical profession. In the middle of the night, he disturbs his no-nonsense housekeeper "Agda" (a charming effort from Julian Kindahl) announcing plans to drive from Stockholm rather than fly. She's irked and is having none of this nonsense, but she makes his breakfast and packs his case. It's at breakfast that his pregnant daughter-in-law "Marianne" (Ingrid Thulin) decides to invite herself along. En route, it becomes clear that she despises the old man, and her bluntness rather shocks him. He readily admits he's a pedantic old grouch, but somehow this cuts him to the quick. After a stop for some petrol at the garage of "Henrik" (Max Von Sydow), they pick up some hitch-hikers. Firstly, a group of young and enthusiastic people and then a squabbling couple who seem to thrive on being unpleasant to each other. As we travel, the journey and their companions start him reminiscing about his own life, about the mother of his son and about the joys and tragedies of his own life. It's only when he arrives for his ceremony that he begins to reassess his life, his perspectives and his priorities. Sjöström is super here. He really carries off the role in almost "Scrooge"-like fashion. He has taken the emotionally easy way out for much of his life and now finds himself in an unfulfilling cul-de-sac from which it not might be possible to escape. Thulin also delivers well as the deliberately provocative and seemingly unkind woman who spares him none of the knife. There is plenty of humour - dark and mischievous, and we take quite an interesting look at just how toxic introspection can be - at any age. As ever with this director, questions of religiosity and God are never far away, but here they are delivered in a manner than the characters address rather than having us to do that work - and that makes this a far more relaxed, if that word can be used about Ingmar Bergman - and gentle rummage through his theological baggage. The plot is busy and entertaining, and there are plenty of other characters enmeshed in the narrative that give us an opportunity to come up for a breather now and again, and I think this might be one of my favourites from this man.

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A Review by Andres Gomez

Bergman talks about the meaning of life and the pass of time. Great cast, that will repeat in several of Bergman's movies and remarkable performances from Ingrid Thulin and Victor Sjöström....

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A Review by tanty 8

Written by tanty on 2013-03-15

Bergman talks about the meaning of life and the pass of time. Great cast, that will repeat in several of Bergman's movies and remarkable performances from Ingrid Thulin and Victor Sjöström....

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2024-02-04

There's a great scene near the start of this film that sees an horse-drawn hearse get it's wheel caught between the kerb and a lamp-post. The horses persist in moving forward, the wheel comes off and ...

read more