Widely recognised as Bergman's most extraordinary and influential film, Persona is a rich and poetic study of womanhood and identity, featuring two of the Swedish master's greatest leading ladies, Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson. Elizabeth (Liv Ullmann) is a famous actress who is suddenly taken ill and left without speech. While convalescing on the coast, she is cared for by Nurse Alma (Bibi Andersson) and, silenced by the effect of her - possibly psychosomatic - illness, finds that her nurse does the talking for both of them. Gradually, the two women's personalities merge and the boundaries between their identities begin to blur.
Plays out like a Lynchian Nightmare!
- Persona review by CP Customer
Igmar Bergman's bizarre trip into the mind of insanity, deals with identity and guilt with wild flashes of imagination.
Apparently, Bergman was hospitalised during most of the writting process and it shows as images get stranger but as the story evolves I felt I wasn't sure of what was going on - then maybe that was the point.
If you like David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive' or 'Inland Empire' you will love this, but if you're looking for a more consistent story then Bergman's 'Wild Strawberries' leaves a better taste.