Persona

Persona ★★★★½

‘The hopeless dream of being’
Masterful exploration of the self. Restless, uneasy and dreamlike whilst being so in tough the the sense of humanity this is pure excellence personified. I’ve watched this almost off the bat of watching The Seventh Seal so I’m in the Bergman sense of mind and I can see his style of film-making explicitly.
I adore the hands motif it’s pure genius despite initially seeming like an off subject of focus, I soon realised that wasn’t the case as the hands reveal so much about character whilst being an intensely intimate form of expression. The prevalence of this motif though became known to me when it became known to me that when asked what the film is about Bergman said ‘two women meet compare hands and start merging into each other’. Here cinema becomes a vessel to explore what makes us individuals in the paradoxical form of two beings in which the duality is tactile: two women become one in the same, personas of each other. The immense shots and camera angles contrasted with more neutral just maximised this. This is very much a loose analysis but there’s a lot to come to grips with here with Bergman being the philosophical geezer that he is so yeah just watch it if you haven’t already, there’s many an interpretation to grasp.

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