Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället, Bergman, 1957)

Awesome film. My enjoyment of Bergman’s films is very different from my other favourites. His films are quite disconnected, and difficult to become emotionally attached to. Actually, this film is his must humane and sentimental (that I’ve seen).

Instead of connecting with his films emotionally, I connect with them intellectually. They’re quite cold and distant – just like the main character of Wild Strawberries – but super rational, exceptionally thought out, and well written.

Unlike his (and my) favourite director, Andrei Tarkovsky, Bergman’s films aren’t poetic; although there is metaphor, his ideas are quite direct and straightforward, and always very insightful. They’re quite difficult to watch, but always incredibly educational in the end. They’re movies that make you think.

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About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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