One of world cinema’s most famous locations becomes the backdrop for this intricate relationship drama by Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come).
Fårö, a small island off the east coast of the Swedish mainland, is one of the meccas of cinephilia: the long-time home of legendary auteur Ingmar Bergman as well as the setting for many of his greatest films, including Through a Glass Darkly, Persona and Scenes from a Marriage. Excited by the chance to survey the familiar landmarks and draw inspiration for their own filmmaking projects, a couple decide to spend a summer living and working on the island. But, as their stay progresses, fiction begins to intrude on their carefully planned reality.
Fresh from its competition berth at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and starring Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight, Pulp Fiction), Mia Wasikowska (Judy & Punch, Stoker) and Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), this touching new film from French writer/director Hansen-Løve both pays homage to one of cinema’s masters and serves as another instalment in her own oeuvre of exquisite, semi-autobiographical investigations into love, longing and growing up.
"Bergman Island acts as a love letter to Bergman," says Alysha Prasad in One Room With A View, "but stands on its own as a film that focuses on the artists' journey of storytelling itself. And if all of this isn't enough, we get to witness Wasikowska dancing to The Winner Takes It All by Abba."
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