Såsom i en spegel (1961)
A father (Björnstrand), his son (Passgård), daughter (Andersson) and son-in-law (von Sydow) are forced to dissect their individual and relational dysfunctions during a vacation in the family's summer house on a Swedish island, just after the daughter has been released from a mental asylum following treatment for schizophrenia. Religious hysteria, oppressed sexuality, and dysfunctional family-ties are the themes being treated in this 1961 melodrama by Ingmar Bergman, who won his second consecutive Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his efforts. Emotions quickly run high between the characters, but the film purports to have a dramatic power which is lost in an unmistakable air of pretension. The end result is a stagnant and ultimately underwhelming picture which feels a lot more dated than it is. Sven Nykvist's cinematography is beautiful nonetheless.