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The Silence


The Silence, image courtesy of Janus Films.
The Silence, image courtesy of Janus Films.

The Silence

(Tystnaden, Ingmar Bergman, 1963)

Thu, Aug 9, 2018 7 PM

“I remember…feeling like I was being plunged into terrain where there were no boundaries.”—Atom Egoyan (Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter) on The Silence

The Silence is possibly the most Freudian film ever made, a fever dream about the short journey from sexual ecstasy to absolute despair.”—Greg Mottola (Superbad, Arrested Development)

Regarded as one of the most sexually provocative films of its day (which surely helped make it a big box office hit in the US), The Silence offers a disturbing vision of emotional isolation in a suffocating spiritual void. Two sisters—the sickly, intellectual Ester (Ingrid Thulin) and the sensual, pragmatic Anna (Gunnel Lindblom)—travel by train with Anna’s young son Johan to a foreign country seemingly on the brink of war. Attempting to cope with their alien surroundings, the sisters resort to their personal vices while vying for Johan’s affection, and in so doing sabotage any hope for a future together. (95 mins., DCP)

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