62 – Wild Strawberries

Welcome to The Best Movies I’ve Never Seen! This is the part of the blog where I work my way through 100 films I’ve never seen that are generally considered to be great. You’re invited to watch along with me if you can find a copy or find it streaming. So grab some popcorn and let’s get started!

Wild Strawberries

1957

Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Quick synopsis… Aging physician Isak Borg, begins to reflect on his life while en route to to receive an honorary degree. Along the way, a string of encounters causes him to experience hallucinations that expose his darkest fears, and he realizes that the choices he’s made have rendered a life devoid of meaning.

I believe this is the second film by Ingmar Bergman to hit this list and I’m certain it isn’t the last. I know that his film, The Seventh Seal, is coming up at some point. I will say I didn’t care all that much for Persona when I watched it, so I can’t say I’m really looking forward to this one.

Bergman came up with the idea for this film when he was taking a road trip and passed by his grandmother’s old house. Upon seeing the house, he imagined what it would be like to open the door and step into the place, seeing it once again as it had been when he was a child. This is what led to the story of Dr. Isak Borg taking a drive back to his alma mater where he would receive an award celebrating 50 years since he became a doctor.

He is accompanied on this drive by his daughter-in-law, Marianne, who doesn’t much care for Isak as her father-in-law and doesn’t much care for Isak’s son, Evald, as her husband. Marianne is pregnant and considering leaving the marriage as Evald never wanted to have a baby in the first place.

Throughout the trip, Isak and Marianne are joined by a number of hitchhikers who all serve to remind Isak of different parts of his life. Isak is reminded of his life by the people he meets and is forced to truly consider his current old age and his inevitable death, which he knows is coming sooner than later.

Obviously, there’s more to it than what this synopsis will give away. But I don’t want to give it away in case you want to watch Wild Strawberries for yourself. It’s available on HBO Max, by the way.

Personally, this one didn’t do a lot for me. It was interesting, sure. But overall it was just… meh… But, like my feelings regarding Persona, maybe understanding a film of this caliber is just above my pay grade. Having seen Wild Strawberries, it currently ranks at number 1,731 out of 2,275 films on my personal Flickchart.

Have you ever seen Wild Strawberries? Are you a fan of Ingmar Bergman’s films? Am I being unfair whenever his movies come up on this list? Let me know what you think down in the comments!

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