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    Smultronst?llet (1957)

    After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.


    Ingmar Bergman


    Ingmar Bergman
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    Cast overview, first billed only:
    Victor Sj?str?m ... Dr. Eberhard Isak Borg
    Bibi Andersson ... Sara
    Ingrid Thulin ... Marianne Borg
    Gunnar Bj?rnstrand ... Dr. Evald Borg
    Jullan Kindahl ... Agda
    Folke Sundquist ... Anders
    Bj?rn Bjelfvenstam Bj?rn Bjelfvenstam ... Viktor (as Bj?rn Bjelvenstam)
    Naima Wifstrand ... Mrs. Borg - Isak's Mother
    Gunnel Brostr?m ... Berit Alman
    Gertrud Fridh ... Karin Borg - Isak's wife
    Sif Ruud ... Aunt Olga
    Gunnar Sj?berg ... Sten Alman / The Examiner
    Max von Sydow ... Henrik ?kerman
    ?ke Fridell ... Karin's lover
    Yngve Nordwall ... Uncle Aron


    With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not want to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. He is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Instead of flying as was the original plan, he decides to take the day long drive instead. Along for the ride is his daughter-in-law Marianne, who had been staying with him for the month but has now decided to go home. The many stops and encounters along the way make him reminisce about various parts of his life. Those stops which make him reminisce directly are at his childhood summer home, at the home of his equally emotionally cold mother, and at a gas station where the attendants praise him as a man for his work. But the lives of other people they ... Written by Huggo

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    from Ingmar Bergman...creator of "Smiles of a Summer Night" and "The Seventh Seal" See more »


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    Swedish | Latin

    Release Date:

    26 December 1957 (Sweden) See more »

    Also Known As:

    Wilde aardbeien See more »

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    1.37 : 1
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    Did You Know?


    Although Naima Wifstrand played Victor Sj?str?m's mother in the film, she was eleven years his junior in real life. See more »


    The front license plate on the VW disappears when untying the rope. See more »


    Professor Isak Borg: If I have been feeling worried or sad during the day, I have a habit of recalling scenes from childhood to calm me. So it was this evening.
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    Music by Herman Palm
    Lyrics by Sakari Topelius
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    A cathartic viewing experience
    12 January 2004 | by jonr-3See all my reviews

    I'd seen "Wild Strawberries" as a college freshman when it was first released, and knew right away I'd be a Bergman fan from then on.

    I watched it again just last night, January 2004, at age 63, and needless to say got a whole different perspective on the film. Where the surrealist touches, moody photography, and incredibly smooth direction had mad