On a remote island far removed from a raging civil war, Jan (Max von Sydow) and Eva (Liv Ullmann) retreat to their apolitical fortress: a small vegetable farm. But their serene existence is shattered when soldiers violently invade their home. Now caught in the crosshairs of a brutal and inhuman conflict, Jan and Eva become survivors with only one concern - to endure.
I read a review by Roger Ebert which commented on the fact this was released very soon after the Vietnam war started, so we already have a lot of reasoning for the things that happen in the film like they do. It's a very different Bergman film, but that's just the beauty of it , Van Sydow and Ullman are both outstanding in their roles, playing two innocent civilians who want nothing to do with war, what side they're on etc. but still get dragged into it and the horrors that surround it. The events that then unfold take into account basic human survival, it's a very bleak Bergman film but it's very powerful and should be seen if you are a fan of his, it won the best foreign film oscar back then and deservedly so, it is a very good take on war and Bergman deserves full credit for this fine effort, which sits nicely alongside many of his classic consistent films.