Persona

Persona ★★★★★

Persona is one of Ingmar Bergman’s most visually experimental films; where literally everything means something, even the most abstract of images. It's endured as a slice of filmmaking that has undergone an enormous amount of critical discussion and analysis over the years, and while on the surface it's about a labyrinthian connection between a young nurse, Alma, and Elisabet Vogler, a troubled stage actress - played by Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann respectively - it tugs on traditional theatrical traditions and adopts minimal set designs to grapple that relationship in uniquely experimental directions. Characteristic components of psychological horror creep in as the film progresses, and the gradual introduction of dynamic shifts followed by delicate tonal altercations suggests this to be a deeply disturbing look into the psyche, and one which is open to many possible readings.

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