Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan) (1960)

The Virgin Spring is about 15-year-old virginal girl, Karin, who, on her way to church to light candles in honor of the Virgin Mary, is stopped by three goat herders, two men and a boy, who ask her if she would care to share her lunch with them. Being naïve, she agrees to share a picnic with them and ends up being brutally raped by the two men and then murdered after she attempts to get away from them. By a twist of fate, the three goat herders unknowingly end up seeking food and shelter from Karin's parents. What will happen to them once her father, Töre (Max von Sydow), realizes that the men staying with them are the ones responsible for both assaulting and murdering his daughter? Well, you'll have to watch to find out. 

The Virgin Spring is a tragic film about evil taking away innocence, a grief-stricken man seizing the power of revenge, and the discovery of peace and forgiveness in an unlikely situation. This is not my favorite Bergman film, but that's not to say this movie is bad. It is difficult to watch, but it's definitely worth watching. The ending is brilliant, you do not want to miss it. 


Friday Night Films said...

Great movie! Max von Sydow is amazing.

Kalli said...

Yeah, he is amazing! Always delivers powerful performances.

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