Hour of the Wolf

Hour of the Wolf ★★★

“It is the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are more real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. The Hour of the Wolf is also the hour when most children are born.”

An artist (Max von Sydow) and his pregnant wife (Liv Ullman) are living on a semi-secluded island. There is a castle on the other side of the island which is home to a baron and some of this family and friends, who are all very eccentric. The artist suffers from insomnia, delusions, and vivid wild dreams. All great artists go crazy, right? He spends his days out in various locations on the island working on his paintings. His nights are spent awake, talking to his wife about what happened during his days (Real? Dreams? Delusions? Flashbacks?). It’s hard to say what is real and what isn’t. The artist’s reality and hallucinations blend together creating this surreal world where it seems anything is possible.

This isn't one of my Bergman favs but I liked it enough. I found the beginning of the movie to be kind of slow and somewhat confusing. But then everything picked up and it was rather enjoyable. I really enjoyed the feeling of old Hollywood horror films that appeared during the second half of the movie. There were a few moments where it felt very Hitchcokian to me.

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