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The Virgin Spring(Jungfrukällan)

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Sweden · 1960
1h 30m
Director Ingmar Bergman
Starring Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson
Genre Drama

Two devout parents send their only daughter, Karin, with their foster daughter, Ingeri, to bring candles to a remote church. On their journey, the girls come across a group of brutish shepherds, who rape and murder Karin as Ingeri hides. The shepherds unwittingly seek refuge in the parents' house, and the father plans his revenge.

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New York Times by Bosley Crowther

It is far from an easy picture to watch or entirely commend. For Mr. Bergman has stocked it with scenes of brutality that, for sheer unrestrained realism, may leave one sickened and stunned.


Deep Focus Review by Brian Eggert

As filmmakers move from one period to the next, sometimes the most fascinating examples of their work occur in the transitions between phases. The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan) is such a film.


Chicago Reader by Don Druker

The period details are magnificently worked into the narrative, and the pace and economy of the tortured Swede's storytelling make his metaphysics infinitely easier to take.


Slant by Eric Henderson

Represents the primary nexus between Bergman's austere but accessibly recherché works of the 1950s and his downright ascetic 1960s cinema.

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