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.
Lucky Bergman was not French! Not hard to imagine what a modern day French filmmaker of the likes of Gaspar Noe (Irreversible, 2002) would have made of this quite violent theme. Not to be watched if you are feeling a bit low!
My own fault really, I picked a film by a Director that I'd heard of but never seen before, and without really looking to see what it was. This is a dense arthouse film which relies on the viewer to fill in some big gaps in the plot for themselves. If you know the Director's themes and obsessions it probably all makes sense. If you sit down and watch it cold without having read up on it then you will, like me, find yourself heading for IMDB / Wikipedia to understand what on earth it all meant after it finished.