A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Luz de invierno, 冬之光, De Avondmaalsgasten
While Schrader's film was heavily influenced by this I think they're on two completely different pages. For one, this doesn't have a magical mystery tour. Secondly, I'm tired and am gonna go to bed, actually.
almost as impeccable as its progeny first reformed (2017) but alas..,....,..., no pepto-bismol whiskey :(
Lying beneath the arches and mosaics of the moderately decorated architecture, the dusty half empty pews, and the flooded natural sun leaking down over the congregation is a clandestine struggle quietly waging war within us. In a Bergman film, this is merely setting the stage.
Winter Light is an example of a perfect film, at least in the Bergman vocabulary sense. For a film designed almost in a theatrical concept for its minimalism, it remains largely cinematic, and achieves a great deal over the course of a hour in real time and only an afternoon in film time. In the space between morning congregation and afternoon ceremonies, the lives of a small group of individuals is tested in the most…
"Suffering is incomprehensible,
So it needs no explanation."
And neither does this film.
It shouldn't be explained.
It should be experienced.
Possibly Bergman's finest.
A cinematic crisis of faith.
I am going to ramble until I make sense of my thoughts on this:
It is no coincidence, I think, that the one person in this film to have a deeper understanding of Jesus and his own faith does so through open compassion. Algot, who is apparently physically disabled, dismisses the physical pain of Jesus in favor of the spiritual and emotional pain of being abandoned, citing it as the more severe form of pain suffered during the Passion. His insight into Jesus' suffering is in contrast to the faithless and broken Tomas, who has failed (in a manner that is, to me, a personally devastating manner) to reach out with compassion to anyone (in the course of the film).…
As the light reaches in through the windows, those who pray cower in their respective pews. Although the sun shines, everyone understands that the outside world is one of shivering bitterness and modern gasps of fear. Clinging, clinging, clinging to someone who will listen, quietly hoping for a reply within the shattered chambers of the church. The silence gives way to hardened spouts of regret and anguishing periods of hopelessness, but then again, does that even matter when one still happens to listen and the snow continues to descend?
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5)
Second part of the auteur's trilogy dealing with man's relationship with God. It is literally impossible to relate with this masterpiece's protagonist unless you are a son of God. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12)
What is so absolutely accurate and brilliant about the movie is the fact that it states how agnostics, atheists, etc. lose their credibility in God based on the actions of humans, not…
God is going. Winter Light is a very personal film for Ingmar Bergman, whose father was a priest. It's a very small scale film, even for Bergman, but about the largest of all things: God and creation itself. Made in the 1960s, Winter Light slots into an era when Bergman spent years making thematically connected films, as opposed to the somewhat unpredictable genre jumping of his late 50s output (religious - The Seventh Seal, social realist - Brink of Life, historical - The Magician, sentimental drama - Wild Strawberries). Winter Light is the middle and best of Bergman's Silent God Trilogy (or Faith Trilogy), and grapples with faith on a very powerful individual level.
Scandinavia, like much of Europe, has turned increasingly secular…
“It’s a hideous parody when you ape her.”
“I never knew her.”
the issues of man conflated with the issues of God. spending your life praying for something you don’t believe in, a fate worse than hell. a film haunted by the silence.
Local pastor having an existential crisis while simultaneously being an asshole for 80 minutes, a great way to spend your time if you want to feel miserable. Shit rocked
winter light (1963): who are you?
first reformed (2017): i'm you, but stronger
Gunner Bjornstrand, don't you DARE hurt Ingrid Thulin like that! She deserves to be happy, damnit!
Excellent as is the whole death trilogy but I wasn’t feeling it as much. I couldn’t quite connect with the priest and his struggles. The long letter scene was good but even that dragged. Max Von Sydow improved this film as he does anything he’s in including the greatest film of all time, Brett Ratner’s magnum opus Rush Hour 3.
I need to sleep this and come to it when there is light.
shoutout edinburgh uni shared files for the hookup
It's good, but it borrows too much from Paul Schrader's FIRST REFORMED (2017).
I've heard God's silence... it's called not believing in God! C'mon folks!
Gorgeous character study of a guy losing faith and lashing out at everyone around him. Film looks beautiful. It’s an hour and a bit long so hell yeah.
It’s hard at the moment to watch something about feeling lost in a world that seems to offer no relief or hope, the film doesn’t offer any answers or reprieve just makes you sit in it.
When pondering the idea of being abandoned by God, it only makes sense to draw comparisons to Christ crying out:
“Father, why has thou forsaken me?”
The fact that this film tackles that comparison is alone enough to make the film great. It feels hopelessly honest, and while remaining bleak, isn’t absent from spiritual truth.
There is a profound moment in this film when Pastor Tomas recalled the moment when he began to lose his simplistic and naive idea of a god who provided all the answers to all of the suffering in the world. And yet he still could not let go of this god, striving to compartmentalize this god from the harsh realities of the world:
So I sought to shield him from life, clutching my image of him to myself in the dark.
Then as he continued with his desperate confession to a suicidal man in his office whose despair he seemed to identify with so strongly, Tomas suddenly recognized in a profound moment of enlightenment that this god of simple answers…
Gunnar Björnstrand and Ingmar Bergman might be my favourite actor/director partnership of the 20th century. Truly a wonderful thing when you witness two artists so in step with each other’s ideas. A chilly, desolate and quite beautiful movie.
It’s just perfect I feel it in every inch of me
It was certainly interesting to watch this with a cross hanged up above the TV. I have always been raised as a Christian and I'm only a teenager, so I still am. While I still believe in God, I can't deny that I've constantly questioned my faith. This is a film that perfectly captures that. Centered around a priest that begins to question God, Winter Light says a lot. It is Bergman's simplest film and it is nowhere near as effective as some of his other works, but it still pulls off a lot. It is pretty impressive what Bergman was able to accomplish with such a simple premise and such a short runtime. Most of the film takes place…
Bergman's most sophisticated film (at least of the one's I've seen) yet also his simplest. All characters are award of the absurdity and futility of existence and no longer have the certainity of religion to help them navigate it. Bergman appears to offer no solution to this fundemental human dilemna. The final scene shows the priest preforming a service in front of a congregaton consistng only of his aetheistic ex-mistress, suggesting that all Christianity is mere, valueless ritual.
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