Shortly after being treated for schizophrenia, the beautiful young Karin, together with her husband, father and little brother gather for vacation in their summer home on a remote Swedish island. One of the most celebrated films of the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, deals with the themes of mental illness, spirituality, alienation, coming of age and parental responsibility, among others.
The four characters are thoroughly explored through ingenious direction and screenplay. Biblical allusions (beside the title) entwine with the complex relationships that the four loved ones share. The unseen fifth character of the setting (both in time and place) creates a further depth to the picture.
One of the greatest films dealing with the themes of mental illness and religion.
Beautiful cinematography. Bergman‘s first of many films shot on the island of Fårö in the Baltic sea.
Described by the director as a “chamber film”, referring to the so-called “chamber music” the “chamber plays” of August Strindberg – due to the small cast of characters, in a limited environment and for a short period of time. Bergman also regards the film as part of his “God Trilogy”, together with Winter Light (1963) and The Silence (1963).
Through a Glass Darkly Cast: Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Lars Passgård