The relationship between three sisters is masterfully explored by Bergman in Cries and Whispers. In rural Sweden around the turn of the century three sisters reside in a vast manor house with their housekeeper. Agnes lives out the last days of her life in pain hoping for companionship and affection. Surrounded by her sisters Agnes takes comfort in the fact that her remaining time can be spent with those close to her. However dissatisfaction in their day-to-day lives and the estrangement that they feel from one another causes the sisters to become increasingly... self-absorbed. Special Features: An extraordinarily rich visual experience Cries and Whispers is that rarest of things - a true masterpiece Star and director filmographies Scene selection Philip Strick film notes Extract from Bergman’s book Images - My Life in Film The Bergman collection trailer Region 0 [show more]
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Rural Sweden in the late 1800s, and three sisters are living effectively cut off from the rest of society. Agnes is terminally ill and had become a great emotional burden on sisters Karin (Ingrid Thulin) and Maria (Liv Ullman). Through flashbacks we learn of the emotional resentments and deceits that have marked the sisters lives in interconnecting ways, against the backdrop of Agnes' recurrent cries of pain in her final days. In contrast to this filial bitterness only the servant Anna (Kari Sylwan) remains truly faithful and openhearted toward Agnes, as death approaches.