Persona (1966)


It took me way too long to see this, but I’m glad I did.

As a technical masterpiece, Ingmar Bergman creates another cinematic genius, among many others. I’ve only seen The Seventh Seal before this, but it was emotionally wonderful.

Here’s the basic story: Bergman wrote and directed, where a young nurse named Alama is assigned to take care of an actress, Elisabet, who has suddenly become mute, even though she is seemingly healthy. Only one of them slowly unravels…

And it’s an Ingmar Bergman film. Can’t wait to watch The Hour of the Wolf, Wild Strawberries, The Passion of Anna, Through a Glass Darkly, etc. 

Really, really excellent. Spam on it’s way.


Starting out as a serious film buff? Then look no further!

These are just some of the many essential contemporary films I recommend. They all explore a variety of themes, and the genres range from surreal dramas to quirky black comedies. Have a go!


Wild Strawberries (1957) - Ingmar Bergman 
10/10 (rewatch) #masterpiece

Re-watched after years & so glad i finally gave it the time it deserves… it was the first Bergman I ever saw, considering it’s one of his deepest & most complex films, it was probably a bad place to start… this time round i was ready & it delivered in spades…

It’s the story of an old man (Victor Sjöström) who was one of Bergman’s fave Swedish film makers) who is receiving an award for being a doctor for 50 years… it’s ultimately a road movie from his home town to the award ceremony, along the way and even before he leaves his house, a lot is revealed about his character & how others perceive him - a selfish old man, wicked in his ways, blunt with his words, compassionless - which is proven by family members facial expressions & inner dialog on this brute of a man… 

Throughout the film the old man has a series of dreams & flash backs to his youth, times of fun & young love while at the summer holiday house, of which he also stops along the way to reminisce… these dreams are very much on the nightmare side of things, surreal & deep, which really shakes up the resilient old man… 

His daughter in law commutes with him to the ceremony to mainly visit her husband since they are having marital issues. you discover her disgust towards the old man who hasn’t showed her one once of compassion over the years while being married to his son… they also pick up some young hitch hikers who are vibrant and full of life, the old man has a soft spot for the young girl who reminds him of his young love he has dreams & memories of… as well as stopping off at the old man’s childhood holiday house, they visit the doctor’s mother’s house, who is even more bitter & cold than he is, so it makes sense where he got his nasty habits from…

The fascinating thing about the film is that everyone who has issues with the doctor’s behaviour is referring to his behaviour of the past, while in the present he is nothing but a gentleman showing a lot of compassion for all around him… this gives a lot of thought about perception and if people are capable of change, and even if someone changes their behaviour, many don’t notice cause they still see them from their horrible past… this is shown with how much the young hitch hikers really adore the old man, as they only know him from the car ride…

Overall this film is very complex and deep, switching between reality, dream/nightmare & flashbacks, as well as discussions of the past, giving all the main character & key characters a lot to consider on how they behave in the present… there were parts where i wanted to cry yet Bergman’s delivery is so dry & unsentimental, he doesn’t really allow you to cry, just be blown away at the profound circumstances… I originally gave this film 8/10 cause it went way over my head, 10 years later it got me so deeply it’s gone straight up to 10 & one of my fave Bergman films… yet I’m sure ill get even more out of this film in another 10 or 20 years, it’s a film i know i’ll return to regularly for the rest of my life…

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2. Favourite book growing up

I was in love with Greek Mythology since junior school. 
I had like four different books with legends and myths, and I especially appreciated Robert Graves’ one.

Later the Celtic Myths made the list.

I loved The Moomins. Papa and the Sea is incredible. So is the Winter.

And all kinds of fairy tales. 
My favourite for a long long time was a two volume “Tales of the USSR nations” which had original folk tales from all kinds of ethic minorities (nothing to do with the commies propaganda). 

21. Do you outline?

Occasionally. I try to avoid plot explaining and exposition. 

27. Favourite genre to write
Magical realism, surrealism, drama, a bit of cyberpunk, urban fantasy. 
Comedy which lies in characters being completely serious.