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Sweden 1966 15+ 85min.
  • Drama

A famous actress is unable to bring herself to speak again. The young nurse charged with caring for her reacts to this voluntary silence by talking all the time... The two women leave for a seaside cottage so Elisabet could get back to health. There the nurse, who must do all the talking for both women, becomes a little enamored of the actress. One evening Alma tells Elisabet about some exhilarating sexual experiences she once had and their unpleasant aftermath. Soon after sharing this confidence, the nurse reads a letter Elisabet has written and is shocked to learn that the actress thinks of her as an amusing study. The relationship between the women becomes tense, and they wound each other. Then Alma has a long dream in which her identity merges with that of Elisabet, but when the nurse awakes, both women have apparently come to at least temporary terms with their psychological problems.

Ingmar Bergman Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand
Ingmar Bergman
Sven Nykvist
Lars Johan Werle
Ulla Ryghe