August 11, 2013
Cries and Whispers
After Karin tells Maria she has hated her all her life and that Maria's attempt to reach out to her is insincere, she lets out a gut-wrenching groan from the very bowels of her soul, releasing years of calcified hate and contempt. Suddenly she begs Maria's forgiveness, and there's a kind of redemptive rekindling of a friendship that never was between the sisters.
Cries and Whispers captures listless family heartbreak at its most unattainable: the subtle torture of years of quiet desperation and their numbing affect on the soul. If that makes you warm and fuzzy, watch this movie. Written and directed by Bergman. With Kari Sylwan as Anna, the sisters' dedicated housekeeper, who has her own quiet miseries, and Erland Josephson, Anders Ek, and Henning Moritzen. 91 min. ★½