A stubborn and egocentric elderly professor experiences retrospective daydreams, nightmares and existential confrontations during a car trip to Lund University, forcing him to reexamine his life and choices. A deep internal journey of an aging man. Deals with philosophical themes of introspection, alienation, mortality and the nature of human existence. Masterful use of flashbacks and retrospection, mixing between reality and the surreal.
Often considered one of the greatest films from master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Considered partly autobiogphical for Bergman, based on an idea he had when he was himself travelling across rural Sweden and through his home town of Uppsala.
The final performance for prominent Swedish actor Victor Sjöström, well supported by Bibi Andersson and Ingrid Thulin.
The film heavily influenced many affluent directors, listed as his “second favorite film” by Stanley Kubrick and as the major inspiration behind quite a few of Woody Allen‘s films.
Wild Strawberries Cast: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin