Ingmar Bergman explores conflict on two levels in his idiosyncratic 1968 film. It is perhaps expected that the director delves deep into the disintegrating marriage of two ex-musicians (Liv Ullmann and Max Von Sydow) as they scrape by on a farm on a remote island. But a civil war complicates their intimate struggle, placing them at the mercy of see-sawing power dynamics and eventually sending them fleeing their troubled home. Bergman summons a convincing war-torn landscape with minimal means, and Shame’s desperate aura still resonates all too well.
1968 Ingmar Bergman. 1.33:1 B&W DCP 103 min. In Swedish with English subtitles.