A schizophrenic girl (Harriet Andersson) sinking into madness, is the focal point for the emotions of three men - her husband (Max Von Sydow) a doctor, who is helpless to cure her, her father (Gunnar Bjornstrand), who is horrified to find that he can watch her disease with complete detachment, and her brother (Lars Passgard) for whom she represents the mysterious attractiveness of the opposite sex. A crisis is reached when, after a number of hallucinations, she seduces the boy.
Not a film to "like", but powerful and grips the attention
- Through a Glass Darkly review by The Lesser Merlin
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Through a Glass Darkly, written and directed by Bergman is like a three-act play about four characters over a 24-hour period. Dealing with a case of incurable schizophrenia and its effects on the other three characters, there is little to lift the mood of this grim film. But the acting and direction are impeccable: 50 years later, it retains its plausible, natural style. The observations into behaviour and interactions are Bergman at his best. Its not a film to "like", but it is powerful, grips the attention and sure tells its story.