A landmark film - pure breakthrough cinema from
Bergman - not just depicting, but living inside
the existential dread-abyss of Modernity. Two
sisters' polarized answers to that dread - one
deadens herself - the other seeks escape in mindless
sensuality - while the son is abandoned to wander
in an empty hotel with only absurd characters
to play with, all in a stifling, gray, nameless,
tank-ridden, Soviet-Kafkaesque, oppressive city.
Brilliant performance by Ingrid Thulin as the
cerebral, repressed sister. Startling and beautiful
imagery and montage (visual and aural), brilliantly
depicting the alienated inner and outer voids.