Wild Strawberries (film)

Wild Strawberries (film)

Infobox Film
name = Wild Strawberries

caption = Original film poster
director = Ingmar Bergman
producer = Allan Ekelund
writer = Ingmar Bergman
starring = Victor Sjöström,
Bibi Andersson,
Ingrid Thulin,
Gunnar Björnstrand
music = Erik Nordgren
cinematography = Gunnar Fischer
editing = Oscar Rosander
distributor = Svensk Filmindustri
released = December 26, 1957 (Sweden)
June 22, 1959 (USA)
runtime = 91 min.
country = SWE
language = Swedish
budget =
gross =
preceded_by =
followed_by =
amg_id = 1:54583
imdb_id = 0050986

"Wild Strawberries" is a 1957 film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, about an old man recalling his past. The original Swedish title is "Smultronstället", which literally means "the wild strawberry patch". The cast includes Bergman regulars Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin and Gunnar Björnstrand. Max von Sydow also appears in a small role. Bergman wrote the screenplay while in hospital.cite web | url = http://www.ingmarbergman.se/page.asp?guid=B31C7193-D784-4A94-88F2-98886CF35BFF&LanCD=EN | title = Wild Strawberries | accessdate = 2007-04-15 | publisher = The Ingmar Bergman Foundation] In light of Bergman's recent death, the film's great emotional struggles have been the cause of it gaining the recognition as one of his great works.


Isak Borg (Victor Sjöström) is an elderly medical doctor and professor who drives with his daughter-in-law Marianne (Ingrid Thulin) from Stockholm to Lund to receive an honorary degree from Lund University. During the trip, he is forced by nightmares, daydreams, his old age, and his impending death to re-evaluate his life. He meets a variety of people on the road, from Sara, a female hitcher travelling with her fiance and escort, to a quarrelling married couple who remind Isak of his own life and marriage.

Awards and recognition

The film won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay.

The film is included on the Vatican Best Films List, recommended for its portrayal of a man's "interior journey from pangs of regret and anxiety to a refreshing sense of peace and reconciliation". [U.S. Catholic Bishops - Office of Film and Broadcasting, [http://www.usccb.org/fb/vaticanfilms.htm Vatican Best Films List] ]

The film was the inspiration for Deconstructing Harry, written and directed by Woody Allen, in which a man (Allen) goes on a road trip to his former university to receive an honorary degree and on the way meets an assortment of characters and re-evaluates his life.


* Victor Sjöström — Professor Isak Borg
* Bibi Andersson — Sara
* Ingrid Thulin — Marianne Borg
* Gunnar Björnstrand — Evald Borg
* Jullan Kindahl — Agda
* Folke Sundquist— Anders
* Björn Bjelfvenstam — Viktor
* Naima Wifstrand— Isak's Mother
* Gunnel Broström — Mrs. Alman
* Gertrud Fridh — Karin, Isak's wife
* Sif Ruud — Aunt Olga
* Gunnar Sjöberg— Sten Alman
* Max von Sydow — Henrik Åkerman
* Åke Fridell — Karin's lover
* Yngve Nordwall — Uncle Aron
* Per Sjöstrand — Sigfrid Borg
* Gio Petré — Sigbritt Borg
* Gunnel Lindblom — Charlotta Borg
* Maud Hansson — Angelica Borg
* Ann-Marie Wiman — Eva Åkerman
* Eva Norée — Anna Borg
* Lena Bergman — Kristina Borg, twin
* Monica Ehrling — Birgitta Borg, twin


External links

*Imdb title | id=0050986 | title=Smultronstället
* [http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=139&eid=203&section=essay Criterion Collection essay by Peter Cowie]

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